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What can businesses and universities do to promote the successful reentry of people returning home from prisons and jails? There is an increasing awareness that successful reentry improves the social, economic, and moral well-being of our society. Central to this awareness is an acknowledgment that effective education, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities allow formerly incarcerated people both to advance themselves and our nation. However, a focus on the critical roles played by businesses and universities is often absent from discussions about solutions.
This forum—a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and the Columbia University Center for Justice—is an unprecedented undertaking to address these critical issues. We will convene scholars, policy-makers, nonprofits, business leaders and people directly affected by incarceration to better understand key ways that businesses and universities can bolster successful reentry.
Friday, April 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please contact [email protected].
Breakfast and Registration 8:30–8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Lee C. Bollinger
Seth Low Professor
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
Co-director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
Columbia Business School
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Ifeoma Ajunwa (Moderator)
Assistant Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia
Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University
Greg Fairchild PhD '02
E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration;
Institute for Business in Society Academic Director
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning
Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Assistant Professor, Decision, Risk and Operations
Columbia Business School;
Affiliated Faculty with Department of Statistics
Coffee Break 11:15 a.m.–
Glenn E. Martin
Founder and President
Working Lunch - Round table Discussions
"SME Approaches to Hiring"
Moderated by Joel Hommes, Wash Cycle Laundry
"Nonprofits as Employment Facilitators"
Moderated by Rich Robbins '01, Upper West Strategies
"Large Business Approaches to Hiring"
Moderated by Christine Chan, XPO Logistics
Bill Keller (Moderator)
The Marshall Project
Senior Product Manager
Chief Executive Officer
President and CEO
The Partnership for New York City
Community and Government Insights
Geraldine Downey (Moderator)
Professor of Psychology
Director, the Center for Justice
Associate Vice President
New York City Commission on Human Rights
Victoria Sharp, MD
Former Director, The Spencer Cox Center for Health
St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
Afternoon Break 4:00–4:30 p.m.
Putting the Pieces Together
Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Medical Center
Professor of Psychology
Director, the Center for Justice
Executive Directors who would like to attend future forums can contact: [email protected].
References and Links Provided by Speakers
The Modern Day Scarlet Letter, Fordham Law Review and Columbia Public Law Research Paper
Releasing confidence: prison entrepreneurship programs offer path, San Francisco Chronicle Female prisoners in Calif. prep for life outside with Autodesk certificate, USA Today Prison program trains female felons for professional careers, KCRA-TV (NBC, Sacramento) Women Behind Bars Getting Help Building Technical Skills To Find A Job, KOVR-TV (CBS, Sacramento)
Second Chances: Darden’s Fairchild Launches Prison Entrepreneurship Program Interviews with Volunteers from Class of 2014 on their experiences in the program Prisoners with an eye for profit learn lessons from behind bars, Financial Times Darden Discoveries: From Inmates to Entrepreneurs
The Mark of a Criminal Record, American Journal of Sociology Race a Factor in Job Offers for Ex-Convicts, New York Times Sequencing Disadvantage: Barriers to Employment Facing Young Black and White Men with Criminal Records, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the New York City Job Market, Report prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Episode 697: Help Wanted, Planet Money podcast
Perceived Criminality, Criminal Background Checks, and the Racial Hiring Practices of Employers, Journal of Law and Economics The Effect Of Criminal Background Checks On Hiring Ex-Offenders, Criminology & Public Policy
But They All Come Back: Rethinking Prisoner Reentry, National Institute of Justice
Curated Articles from the Marshall Project (editor-in-chief, Bill Keller)
Start Me Up: Is entrepreneurship the way from prison to prosperity? 11 People who Used to Be in Jail—but are now changing the World. Every Hero has a past. Café momentum Gives Second Chance to Former Juvenile Offenders. This innovative program aims to take formerly incarcerated youth out of the cycle of crime. From Life in Prison to a New Life in San Francisco Tech Scene, Huffington Post.
Bruce Western and Becky Pettit, Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course: Race and Class Inequality in U.S. Incarceration
Jeffery Morenoff and David J. Harding, Incarceration, Prisoner Reentry, and Communities
Research on Reentry and Employment collated by the National Institute of Justice.