Need Not Apply? Improving Employment Outcomes for Ex-Offenders

Need Not Apply? Improving Emplyment Outcomes for Ex-Offenders
Satuday, December 12, 2015

Sponsored by the CSG Justice Center

Each year, more than 10 million adults are released from jail or prison. One in 31 adults is under correctional supervision on any given day in the U.S.; it is estimated that 70 million adults have a criminal record. Across the political spectrum, people agree that efforts to help these individuals stay out of prison or jail and to succeed in the community must include a strategy focused on assisting them to get and maintain a job. As part of the CSG State Pathways to Prosperity initiative, the CSG Justice Center has been working with local and state governments, as well as leaders in the business community, to test and evaluate approaches that work to reduce recidivism and improve employment outcomes. This session reviewed what has been learned to date and highlight the perspectives of state leaders who are tackling this challenge. 

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Stephanie Akhter, Reentry and Employment Project Manager, CSG Justice Center

Madeline Neighly, Senior Policy Advisor, Corrections and Reentry, CSG Justice Center

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Speaker Biographies:

Stephanie Akhter:

Akhter provides support to states and communities that are planning and implementing programs involving collaboration between corrections and work force systems. Akhter also is involved in promoting public-private dialogues across the country to engage business leaders in discussions about reentry and employment. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Akhter was the director of programs for a community-based organization offering work force services to low-income men.

Madeline Neighly

Neighly develops legislative and administrative policies designed to promote successful reentry and improve correctional practices, with a focus on reducing the negative impact of a criminal record on employment, education and housing outcomes. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Neighly represented incarcerated people in the state of Washington and worked to reduce unfair barriers to employment for people with a criminal record as a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project.