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Coming Home: Helping Young Adults Stay out of the Justice System
May 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

More than 9 million individuals are released from correctional facilities annually, and the transition home is not always easy. Many face numerous obstacles, including poverty, drug abuse, family dysfunction and lack of access to services and treatment. Failure to reconnect can mean many end up back in prison: 68 percent of those released recidivate within five years.

American Institutes for Research invites you to a discussion on how to implement policy reforms in real-world settings. Experts from research, government—and those who have been through the justice system—will describe re-entry and de-incarceration policy innovations and offer practical advice for cross-system coordination. Speakers will talk about the spectrum of permanent and supportive services needed for preventing recidivism and ensuring well-being, including housing, education, employment and health care.

Congressional Co-Hosts

Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island


Senator Murphy


Kendra N. Jochum, Re-entry Services Manager, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitaion

Brent Kelsey, Assistant Director, Utah Division of Substance Abuse

Jeffrey Land, Former Offender Speaking About His Re-Entry Experiences

Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Athena Morrow, Manager, Adult Forensics Services, Montgomery County


Patricia Campie, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research

 Light refreshments will be served. 

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building – First Street NE between C Street NE and Constitution Avenue NE Room 562, Washington, DC 20002 



May 12, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm