BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Two New York Giants players came to Binghamton Thursday night to speak not about football, but about jail reform.
Giants players Michael Thomas and Antoine Bethea talked at a forum to support advocacy on criminal justice reform.
Community members came together to share how their lives have been impacted by the prison system.
Many talked about how the jail experience impacts people at a young age, holding court personnel accountable, and the lack of support for people after they leave prison.
One Binghamton University student attending said she enjoyed how everyone was incorporated.
“I think it’s helpful to raise awareness with the community and I think it’s really great they involved members in the community in the event. It’s not just the Giants speaking numbers or us just speaking numbers. It’s the community’s voice,” said Sara Herlands.
Thursday night’s event was hosted by the Broome Tioga NAACP, Citizen Action, Just, Binghamton PLOT, TruthPharm and the Vera Institute of Justice.