The Correctional Association Honors Jason Flom and Vincent McGee

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On the evening of May 17th, the Correctional Association of New York hosted its 14th annual 1844 Medal Award dinner, this year honoring Jason Flom, CEO of Atlantic Recording Corporation, with the 1844 Medal and Vincent McGee with the Carol Bernstein Ferry Award for Social Justice. Through the extraordinary generosity of our honorees, friends and guests, this year’s event was the most financially successful in the organization’s history, bringing in over $300,000 for the important work of the Correctional Association.

We would like to express our warmest thanks to everyone who made this wonderful night possible. We would especially like to thank Ms. Vanessa Williams for providing one of the highlights of the evening—a lovely performance in tribute to Jason. We greatly appreciate her so generously sharing her time with the CA.

In addition to being one of the most recognized and respected figures in the recording industry, Jason Flom is a dedicated citizen-activist who passionately works for progressive reforms in a criminal justice system which he recognizes as all too frequently unjust. Jason has helped bring about the release of many individuals serving unfair prison sentences because of draconian mandatory sentencing laws.

One of these people is Peter Ninemire, who after serving 13 years of a 27-year federal mandatory minimum sentence, was granted clemency by President Bill Clinton, due in large part to Jason’s advocacy on his behalf. Peter flew in from Kentucky on May 17th to tell supporters that being in New York City to pay tribute to Jason was the third best day of his life—the first being when he was released from prison, the second being the day his daughter was born.
We honored Jason as someone who not only understands the vital importance of repealing the Rockefeller Drug Laws, but who also diligently strives to create that change.

For nearly 30 years, Vincent McGee has devoted himself to advancing positive social change and promoting peace through his volunteer efforts as an activist and advisor and through his professional work in the foundation world. His lifelong commitment to these efforts made him an ideal recipient of the Carol Bernstein Ferry Award for Social Justice. A member of the Correctional Association’s board for more than 15 years, Carol Ferry was an ardent, lifelong advocate for social justice and for criminal justice reform and was a friend and mentor to many current and ex-incarcerated individuals. The CA named the award in her memory with appreciation and affection.