Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
Key Topics: Criminal justice reform, Aging in prison,
Bio: Mujahid Farid is a 2013 Open Society Soros Justice Fellow and the Lead Organizer for the Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign, which is designed to impact policy accelerating the release rate of elderly people in New York State prisons. Farid himself was confined for 33 years in New York State and released in 2011. While confined, Farid earned four (4) college degrees including two Master’s:. During his time confined Farid litigated many cases which effected changes in conditions of confinement. In 1987 Farid was part of a trio that created and proposed the first HIV/AIDS peer education program in New York State prisons (PEPA), which later developed into the widely acclaimed state-wide program called PACE (Prisoners AIDS Counseling & Education). Farid participated in the creation of a college certificate program sponsored by New York Theological Seminary, and taught introduction to sociology courses for people training for Alcohol & Substance Abuse (ASAT) counseling certification. Farid’s articles have been published in a number of journals and media sources. Since his release Farid has initiated two programs designed to have an impact on dismantling mass incarceration: The RAPP Campaign and the Rise & Shine Small Business Coalition, the latter of which provides support for the creation and start-up of community businesses operating on principles of social entrepreneurship. In 2013 Farid was awarded a joint New York State legislative commendation for his community work and a Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. award for Social Activism.
Selected Speaking Experience
- CUNY TV, "Edridge & Co.": http://www.cuny.tv/show/eldridgeandco/PR2003822
- The MNN El Bario Firehouse Community Media Center and the Fortune Society taped discussion: "Both Sides of the Bars: Aging Inside": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaNhAWL0PYA