At the 2015 annual conference of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), Budget Center Policy Analyst Selena Teji spoke on a panel entitled, “Now What? Reducing Barriers to Economic Opportunity for Individuals With Criminal Records” on Friday, April 17, at 10:00 a.m.
In the wake of welcome bipartisan reform efforts to reduce prison populations another challenge arises: how to help those with criminal records get reconnected to their home communities. Finding stable employment, accessing public benefits, and becoming engaged in civic life can be daunting for anyone with a criminal record. This workshop helped participants better understand the economic consequences of having a criminal record, the nationwide campaign to remove barriers to re-entry, and the role EARN groups can play in their states.