NIJ and Harvard University Webcast Addresses Prisoner Reentry

Inmate reentry, the transition from life in a prison or jail to life in the community, has profound implications for public spending and public safety.

In November 2005, the NIJ/Harvard University Webcast series explored the challenges prisoners face reintegrating into society.

“Prisoner Reentry: Facing the Challenges of Returning Home” tapped the knowledge and experience of key leaders in reentry research and program development, highlighted housing programs designed to assist returning prisoners, and discussed the resulting policy changes for lawmakers.

Speakers included:

  • Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, author of But They Came Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry, and former NIJ Director.
  • Terry Donahue, associate director of the Community Capacity Development Office, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Georgia Lerner, associate executive director for program operations at the Women’s Prison Association.

Produced by Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, NIJ, and OJP, the NIJ/Harvard Webcast series focuses on innovations in public safety. Multimedia presentations of all sessions and announcements of future programs can be found on the Ash Institute’s Government Innovators Network Web site.