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Career Prospects for People with Criminal Records Symposium
What Can Researchers, Policymakers, and Practitioners Do to Improve Outcomes?
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Eastern
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served
About the Program
In recent years, a number of efforts have been introduced to improve employment prospects for former offenders, from federal FIRST STEP legislation (H.R.5682) to presidential candidate platforms addressing the topic. While there are several existing policies and programs aimed at equalizing employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records—including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, reforms to occupational licensing laws, certificates of rehabilitation, ban-the-box policies, and reentry programs—the current state of the field is in flux and results are mixed. So, what are the next steps?
On October 15, RAND will host a one-day symposium to discuss and explore policies and practices that help improve employment outcomes of people with criminal records. The event will feature keynote remarks from policy and practice professionals and panel presentations from experts on employment issues related to people with criminal records, including Dr. Priscillia Hunt and Dr. Dionne Barnes-Proby.
Key Discussion Points
- Discuss the current status of FIRST STEP with respect to employment and wages
- Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of employer-targeted incentive policies (e.g., Work Opportunities Tax Credit) and equity-focused policies (e.g., ban-the-box, certificates of rehabilitation) in improving employment and criminal justice related outcomes for former offenders
- Share best practices for evidence-based reentry programs for formerly incarcerated men and women
- Explore lessons learned from employer-driven practices to recruit, support, and retain individuals with a criminal record
Professor of Public Administration and Policy, School of Criminal Justice
University of Albany – State University of New York
National Reentry Resource Center
Executive Director & Founder, M.A.D.E. Transitional Services
Co-Chair and Engagement Lead, Reentry Business Association
Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University Business School
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
York College of Pennsylvania
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy
Director of Education, Prisons and Justice Initiative
Managing Director, Georgetown Pivot Program
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society
University of California at Irvine
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ohio State University
Additional panelists forthcoming.
- 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
- Registration & Morning Refreshments
- 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Welcome & Introductions
- 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Opening Plenary: Can criminal justice reform help former offenders get and keep a job, or better yet, a career?
- 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
- Morning Refreshment Break
- 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- Policy Panel: Improving career prospects through federal policies – Is it working? What can we learn from state and local policies?
- 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Facilitated Discussion Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Practice Strategies Panel: Addressing employment outcomes through reentry and community supervision programs – What are best practices?
- 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
- Afternoon Refreshment Break
- 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Share Lessons Learned from Lunch Discussions
- 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
- Closing Plenary: What are the next steps to improve career prospects for people with a criminal record?
- 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Closing & Thank You
Please note that the program is subject to change without notice.
Who Should Attend?
- Probation/Parole professionals
- Criminal justice reform advocates/advisers
- Corrections professionals (e.g. prison educators, jail officers)
- Legal and judicial service professionals (e.g. judges, prosecutors, public defenders)
- Law enforcement (e.g. sheriffs)
- Re-entry specialists (e.g. social workers, jail/prison transition managers, outreach and job placement specialists, Rehabilitation professionals)
- Workforce development professionals
- Employment professionals (e.g. HR associates, temp agency specialists)
- Congressional staff
- Researchers and academics