Opportunity and Reentry: Creating Pathways for Returning Citizens in Maryland and Beyond

December 1, 2016


Opportunity and reentry: Creating pathways for returning citizens in Maryland and beyond

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 8:45 AM–5:15 PM

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

University of Baltimore, H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons – Townhall Auditorium | 1415 Maryland Avenue | Baltimore, MD 21201

The American Enterprise Institute, in partnership with the University of Baltimore’s School of Criminal Justice (within the College of Public Affairs), will host a conference in Baltimore on increasing opportunity and reducing recidivism for returned citizens in Maryland and throughout the United States.



This year, more than 600,000 individuals will return to communities after serving time behind bars. More than 8,000 will return to Baltimore City alone. Returned citizens often struggle to find work, housing, and a steady social network. More than 40 percent are rearrested within one year.

To examine how government and private actors can increase opportunity and reduce recidivism for the formerly incarcerated, AEI and the University of Baltimore’s School of Criminal Justice (within the College of Public Affairs) will convene practitioners, returned citizens, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists to identify best practices in prisoner education and reentry programs, transition services, employment opportunities, and economic empowerment initiatives. The conference will highlight states and cities that are promoting reentry through innovative models and will address other aspects of the criminal justice system, including the courts, family reunification, and sentencing practices.

Join the conversation on social media with #OpportunityAndReentry.

Steven Alm, Hawaii Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Program
Devone Boggan, City of Richmond, California Office of Neighborhood Safety
John Cammack, Cammack Associates LLC
Derek Campbell, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Andrea Cantora, University of Baltimore School of Criminal Justice
Murray Dalziel, University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business
John Danko, Danko Arlington Inc.
Gerald Davis, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Susan K. Gauvey, University of Maryland School of Law
Tom Geddes, Plank Industries
Malcom Glenn, Uber
Roger Hartley, University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs
Mary Heinen, University of Michigan Prison Creative Arts Project
John Huffington, Living Classrooms Foundation
Deirdra Johnson, Wor-Wic Community College
Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families
Bryan Kelley, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Joe Kwong, SPROKIT
Ganesha Martin, Baltimore Police Department
Ronald Moten, Jack Kemp Foundation
Pamela Polgreen, Anne Arundel Community College
Gerard Robinson, AEI
Amy Rosa, Goucher College
Renita Seabrook, University of Baltimore School of Criminal Justice
Melissa Santos, Changing Perceptions
Kelly Schulz, Maryland Secretary of Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Steven C. Teske, Clayton County, Georgia
Chris Wilson, social entrepreneur

RSVP to attend this event.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth English at elizabeth.english@aei.org, 202.862.5822.


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