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On October 16 2017, the Safer Foundation held the 16th Annual CARRE Policy Conference. The event featured two panels on recent legislation and community work in matters of re-entry and a keynote presentation by the Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli. It was an opportunity also to recognize noteworthy contributions made by advocates, government and elected officials and academicians to advancing the rights of people involved in the justice system.

The Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE)

Safer Foundation
Convened in 2001, CARRE is comprised of more than 100 individuals, groups, organizations and institutions committed to developing and implementing strategies that advocate for policy change that will increase access to employment for people with arrest and records.

Safer's Relationship to Other Agencies/Conferences

Safer Foundation
A look at the network of local advocates and service providers with whom Safer has collaborated.

Legal Financial Obligations and Re-Entry in Illinois
Safer Foundation, October 2017
This paper examines Legal Financial Obligations levied in criminal and quasi-criminal cases in Illinois. It highlights the practice's implications for re-entry and, looking to solutions, discusses legislative initiatives from the spring session of the 100th Illinois General Assembly.

Licensed to Work
Safer Foundation, October 2017
This policy brief examines the use of probation and reprimand against new professional licensees who have prior arrests or convictions.

Webinar: Promoting Healthcare Employment of People with Records 
National Employment Law Project, Safer Foundation, June 8, 2017
In a multi-year effort to engage healthcare employers in a discussion about recruitment and employment opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records, this webinar featured lessons learned from a series of healthcare employer forums in the Bay Area, Cleveland, and Dallas as well as new resources including our Healthcare Employer Guide to Hiring People with Arrest and Conviction Records.

A Healthcare Employer Guide to Hiring People with Arrest and Conviction Records: Seizing the Opportunity to Tap a Large, Diverse Workforce

National Employment Law Project and the Safer Foundation, April 2017
This toolkit, with Sodiqa Williams (Safer Foundation's VP of External Affairs) as its lead author, synthesizes reliable research demonstrating the universal benefit of hiring from untapped talent pools, dispels myths about the risks of hiring people with arrest and conviction records, sets forth concrete steps for developing an effective hiring process, and highlights success stories and best practices from healthcare employers, like Johns Hopkins Health System, that have already embraced the issue.

Finding Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Isn’t Easy, but Solutions Spring Eternal

Clayton Guse, February 22, 2017
During the Chicago Ideas Week, Sodiqa Williams, VP of External Affairs at the Safer Foundation joined Cara admissions specialist Raahsaan Brown, Midway Moving president and CEO Jerry Siegel and Cook County Department of Corrections Executive Director Nneka Jones Tapia for a roundtable discussion on hiring people who were formerly incarcerated.

Cook County State’s Attorney: Transition Report

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Transition Team,  December 5, 2016
As Cook County State's Attorney-elect, Kim Foxx established her priorities and initial plans for the office in her Transition Report. The report includes recommendations developed by her Transition Team of which Victor Dickson, Safer Foundation President/CEO, was a member.  

Building a Safe Chicago: Calling for a Comprehensive Plan

Children and Family Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, November 3, 2016
This report, to which the Safer Foundation is a signatory, calls for a comprehensive plan that attacks the root causes of violence in Chicago and argues against mandatory minimum prison sentencing schemes. Some of the plan’s components include economic development initiatives in high poverty neighborhoods, enactment of reforms advocated by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force and expansion of community-based programs to improve social conditions that have led to increased demand for illegal weapon possession. 

15th Annual Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE) Policy Conference: New Perspectives in Criminal Justice Reform 

Safer Policy Institute Weekly Update, October 14 and 21, 2016
The 15th Annual CARRE Policy Conference convened on October 11, 2016. Through panel discussions and presentations, the event spliced a number of viewpoints from formerly incarcerated community leaders-advocates, a prosecutor, a free market think tank and an employer intermediary. The road forward for new policies was also discussed.

Licensing Reform: The Path to Public Safety & Economic Opportunity for People with Arrest and Conviction Records
Safer Foundation, October 2016
This report reviews Illinois’ licensing policies in the context of recent developments in reentry and employment. Following an overview of the state. It identifies benchmarks in Ban-the-Box and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) guidance on the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring, and examines Illinois’ licensing policies on four issues (good moral character, rehabilitation, job relatedness, look-back periods) against these benchmarks. Finally, the report makes recommendations for administrative and legislative changes.

Placemakers Episode 10: The Recidivism Effect

Slate, October 10, 2016
Safer Foundation President/CEO Victor Dickson appeared along with Benny Lee, co-founder of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated, as a guest on episode 10 "The Recidivism Effect" of Slate's podcast "Placemakers".

Illinois WIOA Workforce Unified Strategic Development Plan: Safer Foundation Comments

Safer Foundation, February 2016
The Safer Foundation submitted comments on Illinois’ Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) draft Unified State Plan for Program Years 2016-2020. The comments built on the intended direction of workforce development outlined in the draft plan by encouraging greater targeting within WIOA’s priority population, improved accessibility to reentry and training services, direct employer engagement and education to complement and enhance sector partnerships, and deliberate implementation of career pathways.

Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform: Public Hearing

Victor Dickson, President/CEO, Safer Foundation, July 27, 2015
Safer Foundation President/CEO Victor Dickson's comments to the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform  urged the body to consider Residential Supervised Transition Facilities and community-based employment and reentry programs as tools to reduce the state's prison population.  


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