Housing Court Help

Public Access Design

Housing Court Help

Is College For Me?

Public Access Design

Is College For Me?

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Weathering the Storm

Technical Assistance

Weathering the Storm

Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Print Is Justice For All?

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that “cruel and unusual punishments [should not be] inflicted.” But what is cruel and unusual punishment? How does an amendment written in 1791 relate to issues today?

In the winter of 2017, CUP collaborated with Teaching Artist Meredith Degyansky and the International Community High School’s 11th grade to peel back the pages of the U.S. Constitution. Under the Eighth Amendment, should minors be charged as adults? Should inmates be held in solitary confinement? Who decides?

To investigate, students got out of the classroom and into the politics of the Eighth Amendment to speak with people invested in NYC’s justice system, from a New York Police Department Detective to a New York State Senator. Students surveyed community members for their opinions, created Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to breakdown different points of view, and created the Is Justice For All? postcard set to teach others what they learned and how you can get involved. 

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

Seeking Sanctuary

Urban Investigations

Seeking Sanctuary

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!