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Board & Leadership
Richard M. Aborn
Richard M. Aborn is president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, a non-partisan non-profit organization with multidisciplinary expertise that works to improve public safety through innovation. At the Crime Commission, Mr. Aborn advances strategies to improve the justice system, strengthen gun policies and practices, prevent youth gun violence, and prevent cybercrime.
Under Mr. Aborn's leadership, the commission has been instrumental in passage of several laws in New York including legislation to expand the use of DNA evidence to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent, a comprehensive gun violence reduction package, known as the NY SAFE Act, and legislation increasing the penalty for carrying an illegal loaded firearm in the state.
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Director of Public Policy
Ashley Cannon is responsible for policy analysis, project management, and overseeing the daily operations of the Crime Commission. Ms. Cannon has extensive knowledge of the criminal justice field and experience working with government, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, foundations, and community groups to address criminal justice and public safety issues.
Prior to joining the Crime Commission, Ms. Cannon worked for the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Sentencing and Corrections where she provided technical assistance to state governments reforming their criminal justice policies and practices. There her work focused on expanding community corrections programs in Alabama, developing policy to address overcrowding in California prisons, and creating a sentencing commission in Connecticut.
She has previously worked for the Midtown Community Court and the Fund for Modern Court's Citizens Jury Project in New York City, and the Montgomery County Police Department's Crime Analysis and Crisis Intervention Team Units in Rockville, Maryland.
She received a bachelor's degree in justice from American University and a master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College.
ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
As the Associate Program Director, Ms. Prudencio works closely with the Cure Violence sites to develop meaningful pathways towards a better future for their participants. Specifically, she creates tools and partnerships that help young people build skills and experiences that facilitate career-based employment. Prior to joining the Crime Commission, Ms. Prudencio was a Special Assistant for Policy Development at the New York State Department of Labor. In this position she worked on a number of employment initiatives aimed at connecting jobseekers with barriers to employment opportunities.
She has over a decade experience working with community based organizations and local government, serving a widely diverse population, including the elderly, homeless youth, LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated, disconnected youth, farmworkers and immigrants. She has provided technical assistance to numerous community programs, advocated for changes and improvements to outdated social service programs, and has travelled throughout the state doing outreach on the various projects she has worked on. Ms. Prudencio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and International Studies, as well as a Master's degree in Social Work and Public Administration.
Director of Violence Prevention
As the Director of Violence Prevention, Ms. Ueberall provides the Crime Commission with expertise in research and analysis concerning youth violence. Her career is focused on creating effective programs for youth involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and has worked with probation offices in New York and California, along with other government agencies, academia, and numerous non-profit organizations.
Before beginning her work with the Crime Commission, Ms. Ueberall was the Senior Program Analyst for Esperanza NY Inc, where she provided technical assistance and analyzed processes utilized by NYC Probation. Ms. Ueberall was also the Research Coordinator for a feasibility study run by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she developed research designs and protocols for a national study on Transition Age Youth.
Ms. Ueberall strongly believes her direct service work led to her deep understanding of court-involved youth. She acted as a research interviewer, crisis counselor, and facilitated cognitive-behavioral therapy groups and academic achievement curricula.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona, studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in community psychology, with a concentration in program development from the University of New Haven. Originally from Yonkers, Ms. Ueberall is proud to be serving NY youth.
Richard Aborn, President
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