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   Prisoner Reentry: Facing the Challenges of Returning Home
November 9, 2005

November 9, 2005
~This was an online event.~
Harvard University's Government Innovators Network, the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the online housing resource KnowledgePlex are hosting this free online event to discuss the challenges former prisoners face in reintegrating into society and finding adequate housing upon release from prison. This online forum will tap the knowledge and experience of key leaders in reentry research and program development, highlight housing programs designed to assist returning prisoners, and discuss the resulting policy challenges for lawmakers. The forum will then be opened to allow attendees to ask questions of the panelists. 
 
The event is scheduled for November 9, 2005, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET and will feature: President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry, Jeremy Travis; Associate Director of the Community Capacity Development Office, U.S. Department of Justice, Terry Donahue; and Associate Executive Director for Program Operations at the Women's Prison Association, Georgia Lerner.
 
The presenters' slides are available for viewing:
For research related to this discussion, click here.
For an archived multimedia presentation of this event, click here.
 
Biographies:

Jeremy Travis is the President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry.  Previously he was a senior fellow at the Urban Institute (2000-2004), where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry. He also served as Director of the National Institute of Justice (1994-2000) , where he established major initiatives to assess crime trends, evaluate federal anti-crime efforts, foster community policing and new law enforcement technologies, advance forensic sciences--including DNA testing--and bolster research on counter-terrorism strategies. Mr. Travis has taught a wide variety of courses on criminal justice, public policy, history and law at many prestigious schools, has co-edited two books and published numerous book chapters, articles and monographs on constitutional law, criminal law and criminal justice policy.
 
Terrence S. Donahue is the Associate Director of the Community Capacity Development Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. He has 35 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels in both the public and private sectors, including 29 years with the DOJ, and has been responsible for designing and implementing hundreds of research, demonstration and dissemination programs as well as formula/block initiatives.  Among the most recent is the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI), a $110 million initiative involving a dozen agencies and focuses on creating prototypical juvenile and adult offender reentry systems in 50 states and approximately 100 participating communities.  While at the OJP he has directed the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office of Planning, Management and Budget, and the Executive Office of Weed and Seed, which remains the Department's only neighborhood-focused comprehensive prevention, intervention and restoration strategy with over 400 active sites.
 
Georgia Lerner has worked for more than 15 years in health and human services management. She has worked in direct service settings--health care and substance abuse treatment facilities--and in contracts funding and administration. As Associate Executive Director of Program Services for WPA (Associate ED), Ms. Lerner combines her social services, health care and contracting expertise, management skill and legal knowledge to address the complex needs of clients. Prior to joining WPA in 2000, Ms. Lerner worked at Medical and Health Research Association of New York City where she oversaw negotiation and programmatic monitoring of Ryan White Title I-funded services in New York City. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University, as well as an M.A. in Health Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

   

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