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U.S. Conference of Mayors President Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall and many other experts, officials and practitioners joined in a daylong workshop Feb. 28, 2008, to grapple with the issue of mass incarceration and prisoner relapse and its impact on urban communities. In May of 2008, Public/Private Ventures produced a report stemming from the meeting, entitled "From Options to Action: A Roadmap for City Leaders to Connect Formerly Incarcerated Individuals to Work." Fred Davis, President of P/PV, begins his Foreword this way: "The prison crisis is greater than ever, but so is our will to solve it." To read the report, click the link below.
The February meeting was dubbed "From Options to Action: The Mayors Summit on Reentry and Employment." It was sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Public/Private Ventures, NYU Wagner and The City of New York. Held at Twenty-Four Fifth, the event brought together big-city mayors, policymakers, leading academics at Wagner and other graduate schools, foundation leaders and practitioners to share information, practices and strategies for helping former inmates find steady jobs after their release and avoid going back to prison. Several participants explored what they termed the devastating impact of large-scale incarceration and recidivism on urban neighborhoods.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, in particular, underscored that with 1 in 31 American adults in prison, jail, on parole or probation, the US prison system is in crisis. Hundreds of prisons nationwide are overcrowded to the breaking point, and high recidivism rates are largely to blame: 39 percent of prisoners have served three or more sentences. This cycling in and out of prisons is taking a crippling economic toll on already-vulnerable urban communities. At this critical moment, policymakers and experts are determined to develop concrete solutions to make sure that people who leave prison do not re-offend and go back.
Mayor Palmer and Mayor Bloomberg delivered the keynote addresses. Other mayors who participated were Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton; New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, Baltimore Deputy Mayor Salima Siler Marriott, and former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
The Aspen Insitute today released a new report in Washington, D.C., by NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck and Daniel L. Goroff. The report, "Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data," shows how new technology designed to improve data on the nonprofit sector can prompt greater innovation and effectiveness.
Noveck is former director of the White House Open Government Initiative. Goroff, while at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, helped establish the new Interagency Task Force on Smart Disclosure. He is a program director with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.