Criminal justice reform

Criminal Justice Reform is Good for Business

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Fifth Third Chief Investment Strategist Jeff Korzenik  joined "Wake up With Cheddar" anchor Jill Wagner to talk about the seeming disconnect between the stock market and protests. There is no disconnect in Fifth Third's view - criminal justice reform, making sure all Americans have opportunities to prosper and contribute, is good for business.

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Building Networks for Second Chances


October is not usually a time for graduation ceremonies, and a police headquarters might be one of the last places for such an occasion.

Solving the Skills Gap With Second-Chance Hiring


Each year, approximately 700,000 people finish their time in prison and reenter communities across the United States. They are seeking a second chance – perhaps even their first – to contribute to society, improve their lives, and help others. At the same time, there is a massive skills gap – 7 million open jobs, just waiting for people with the matching knowledge and experience.

Criminal Justice Reform: 7 Things to Know About the Latest Re-Entry Research

The latest Safe Streets & Second Chances research provides an inside look at the challenges and successes of people from across the country who are re-entering communities

As many as 10,000 people are released from prisons each week across the United States, but their experiences can vary dramatically. They face many barriers to success, from maintaining resilient support systems to securing identification, housing, and employment.

State Prison Directors Honor Koch’s Holden for Justice Reform ‘Leadership’

By TCR Staff

State prison directors have honored Mark Holden of Koch Industries for his “extraordinary and consistent leadership on criminal justice reform.”

The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) gave Holden its National Leadership Award at a gathering this week in Washington, D.C.

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Q&A with Jenny Kim: The Transformative Power of Second-Chance Hiring

by Jenny Kim, Deputy General Counsel, Koch Industries

For many former inmates, success upon re-entry means securing housing, maintaining a solid support system of family and friends, and finding a job. In 2018 alone, approximately 700,000 people finished their time in prison and re-entered their communities. But as many have found, getting a job is harder than ever. About one in three Americans holds a criminal record, regardless of whether they have been to prison – about as many people who hold college degrees.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Criminal Justice: The Past, Present, and Future

Frank Zarro, Director of Legislative Initiatives and Civic Engagement Programming

“Life must be lived forward but it can only be understood backward”—Soren Kierkegaard

In Our Name Initiative Stimulates Grassroots Discussion of Criminal Justice Reform

Local forum probes role of faith communities in reform and restorative justice.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY., February 16, 2016 /3BL Media/ The in Our Name Initiative of the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice will present a community forum titled “Criminal Justice Reform: Motivating and Mobilizing the Faith Community for Restorative Justice” on Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs, 26 Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Prosecutorial Dominance in the Plea Process, and a Look at Alternative Principles and Practices

A general survey with specific commentary on New York Criminal Procedure Law, Article 220


“Plea Bargaining is the criminal justice system.”[1]

Creating an Independent Public Defense Authority in New York State

Addressing the misperceptions, examining the structure, and finding the money for a statewide public defenders office

By Francis A. Zarro

As we continue to address the many complex issues involving New York’s badly broken public defense system, we have to start by reducing the problems to their fundamentals. If one looks closely enough at public policy problems, answers and solutions can usually be found by correcting long-held political misperceptions, examining the basic structure of the system in question, and finding the money to get it right.


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