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Alternative crime prevention policies: Improving the transition from prison to work

Date: December 6, 2000

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THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE PRESENTS

ALTERNATIVE CRIME PREVENTION POLICIES:
IMPROVING THE TRANSITION FROM PRISON TO WORK

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2000
8:30 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING, ROOM S-C5.

MORNING SESSION
Opening remarks
Jeff Faux, President, Economic Policy Institute

Framing the Issues: Labor Markets and Crime
Introduction by Jared Bernstein, Director of the Living Standards Project, Economic Policy Institute
Moderated by Bill Rodgers, Chief Economist, US Department of Labor

9:15-10:45 a.m.
Framing the Issues: Crime, Work, and Social Policy
Elliott Currie, University of California, Berkeley

Crime and the Low Wage Labor Market
Ellen Houston, Economic Policy Institute

Labor Market Outcomes and Crime Over the 1990s Expansion
Richard Freeman, Harvard University and London School of Economics

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Overcoming the Stigma: Criminal Recidivism and the Job Market
Moderated by Jay Stewart, National Urban League

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Work as a Turning Point in the Life Course of Criminals

Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota

Employers’ Attitudes Toward Hiring Ex-Offenders

Harry Holzer, Georgetown University and The Urban Institute

The Effectiveness of Jobs Programs for Offenders and At-risk Individuals
Shawn Bushway, University of Maryland
Discussant: Steve Rickman, Weed and Seed

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch

Keynote Address: Attorney General Janet Reno

AFTERNOON SESSION

Research and Evaluation
Introduction by Richard Freeman, Harvard University and London School of Economics

2:30-3:05 p.m.
·Researching the Effectiveness of the Massachusetts Offender Reentry
Project:
A Collaborative Effort Among Law Enforcement, Non-profit,Academic, Business, and Faith-based Organizations

Stefan LoBuglio, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and Harvard University
Reverend Mark Scott, Ella J. Baker House, Boston, MA

3:15-5:00 p.m.
“What Works” Roundtable: A Discussion Among Practitioners
Moderated by Andre Norman, Pan African Youth Congress, Ella J. Baker House, Boston, MA
Larry Johnson, Better People, Portland, Oregon, “Living Wages”

Ken Dodds, US Probation, Cleveland, “Job Fairs”
Larry Fehr, Pioneer Human Services, Seattle, “Job Training and Housing”
Mindy Tarlow, Center for Employment Opportunities, NY, “Role of Employers”
John Jeffries, Vera Institute, NY, “Importance of Fathers”