CARRE Hosts Ninth Annual Reentry Policy Conference

Dec 10, 2010, 12:28 ET from Safer Foundation

CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE) will host its Ninth Annual Policy Conference at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Student Center East.

With a theme of "Accepting Challenges and Creating New Opportunities," the event will feature a keynote address by U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis.

The first panel discussion will feature the major reentry policies of 2010. State Representative Constance Howard (34th District), State Senator Kimberly Lightford (4th District) and Mark Myrent of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority will participate in this forum. The second group of panelists will discuss ways of creating standards that work for people with records and will feature State Representative LaShawn Ford (8th District), Alderman Emma Mitts (37th Ward) and Kathie Kane-Willis of Roosevelt University.

Safer Foundation will present its Visionary Award to State Senator Lightford, Beth Johnson of Cabrini-Green Legal Aid, Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner-Trice, and George Williams of the 7th Congressional District's Ex-Offender Advisory Committee.

Formed in 2001, CARRE has emerged as a powerful ally for those seeking a second chance upon returning from prison. With a membership representing over 100 individuals, groups, organizations, agencies, coalitions, and institutions, CARRE has effectively produced and disseminated policy papers and conducted campaigns to increase public awareness. These efforts have led to the creation of several new Illinois state policies, changes in the City of Chicago's hiring standards, and the development of new Cook County ordinances.

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