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January 23, 2013

Lois Davis's Prisoner Re-Entry Work Earns Recognition from California Assembly

RAND congratulates senior policy researcher Lois Davis, whose work on the public health consequences of prisoner re-entry in California earned RAND the 64th Assembly District's “AB 109 Re-Entry Award.” The award was presented to Davis by Assemblyman Isadore Hall III of the 64th District, Chair of the Assembly's Governmental Organization Committee. In a letter to RAND President and CEO Michael Rich, Assemblyman Hall cited RAND's “outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to our community” through Davis's work on the public health consequences of prisoner re-entry in the state.

Across the nation, roughly 700,000 offenders are being released back into communities as prisons close and states look to reduce corrections budgets. As the state with the highest prison population and an early implementer of re-entry programs, California's results in areas such as public health, education, and public safety are being watched closely by other states that are implementing, or considering implementing, similar policies.