Business Leaders and Policy Makers Meet at White House: How Government Can Help—or Hinder—Employment for Ex-Cons

On July 1, 2014, according to a blog posting from the Council of State Governments, “[b]usiness executives and policymakers found common ground during a meeting at the White House on Monday designed to review ways in which government can help—or hinder—efforts to improve employment outcomes for people with criminal records.”  The program, “Pathways to Prosperity:… Continue reading Business Leaders and Policy Makers Meet at White House: How Government Can Help—or Hinder—Employment for Ex-Cons

Over-Criminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee

On June 26, 2014, the Over-Criminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on collateral consequences. There were two witnesses: Rick Jones, Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (testimony); and Mathias H. Heck, Jr., Prosecuting Attorney, Montgomery County (Ohio.) for the American Bar… Continue reading Over-Criminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee

My Brother’s Keeper

In February 2014, President Obama announced an initiative My Brother’s Keeper, “to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.” In May 2014, the White House issued a task force report that included a number of recommendations, including to address… Continue reading My Brother’s Keeper