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Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry through Education and Training
October 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

On October 28, join the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) for “Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry though Education and Training,” a public forum exploring the intersection between criminal justice reform and postsecondary education and employment.

This event, the second in our series on criminal justice, will include a keynote address by Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice, as well as expert discussions connecting policy trends in correctional education and training with reentry opportunities that promote economic success.

Incarcerated individuals are disproportionately people of color as well as adults with low educational attainment. More than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison each year, and recent research shows that two-thirds of them will be rearrested within three years of release. However, research also shows that access to correctional education can significantly reduce recidivism. If we’re serious about breaking the cycle of incarceration, it’s essential to invest in robust education and training opportunities for incarcerated people and to connect them to continued education and employment opportunities once they rejoin society.

Providing these opportunities is cost-effective for states and has significant community and economic benefits. For individuals and families, coupling education and employment with reduced collateral and systemic barriers leads to economic self-sufficiency and improved life outcomes. CLASP’s forum will examine promising policy options as well as lessons from state and federal initiatives.
Featured Speaker

Nicholas Turner, President & Director, Vera Institute of Justice
Panel Discussion: Building Opportunities: Education and Training during Incarceration
Sean Addie, Director, U.S. Department of Education Office of Correctional Education;
Fred Patrick, Director of Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice;
Brant Choate, State Superintendent of Correctional Education, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and
Bianca van Heydoorn, Director of Educational Initiatives, Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Moderator: Scott Stossel, Editor, The Atlantic Magazine
Panel Discussion: Bridging Opportunities: Connecting Systems for Successful Reentry
Rev. Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship;
Will Heaton, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Center for Employment Opportunities; and
Terri Fazio, Director of the Bureau of Correction Education, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Moderator: Kisha Bird, Director of Youth Policy, CLASP

Additional Remarks
David J. Socolow, Director of the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, CLASP;
Wayne Taliaferro, Policy Analyst at the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, CLASP; Olivia Golden, Executive Director, CLASP.
This event is part of CLASP’s commitment to racial justice and anti-poverty policies and strategies, as well as our focus on the intersections of employment, education, and criminal justice. Last summer, CLASP’s forum “Realizing Youth Justice: Advancing Education, Employment, and Youth Empowerment” highlighted effective policies and practices that can help youth avoid the criminal justice system, access employment, achieve stability, build on their innate assets, and realize their full potential.
For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be webcast live.

Light lunch included

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ild on their innate assets, and realize their full potential.

For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be webcast live.


October 28, 2016
8:00 am - 11:00 am


Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)


FHI 360, Academy Hall
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC United States
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