We are pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Ann Jacobs, has been elected as a founding member of the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), a national invitational membership organization and think tank. Independent and nonpartisan, CCJ advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. Through research, policy development, and other projects that harness the experience and vision of its leaders and members, CCJ serves as a catalyst for system improvements based on facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice. Members of the council include professionals in law enforcement, courts, and corrections; state, local, and federal policy makers; advocates and researchers; leaders in business, faith, and philanthropy; directly impacted people and others. Click here for more information about the Council on Criminal Justice.
As a champion of institutional, structural, and personal transformation, the Institute opens doors and eliminates barriers to success for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. We create access to higher education and pathways to satisfying careers. We advocate for the right to housing, employment, healthcare, and other human rights too often denied people with criminal convictions.
The Institute’s Educational Pathways are an integrated set of programs that create access to higher education for students with histories of justice involvement.
Career Pathways promotes access to training and employment for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with a focus on creating pathways to careers in the human services field.
The Institute's policy advocacy seeks to eliminate barriers and generate policies and practice make it possible for people with conviction histories to live successfully in the community.
The Institute conducts research on a range of topics connected to its work and criminal justice reform.
“These [Prison-to-College Pipeline classes] have been instrumental to my personal growth. These men and women who have taken time out of their lives to interact with us, to help in the shaping of ideas and attitudes have been a blessing."
Thank you to everyone who attended our first College Initiative virtual graduation celebration on Thursday, June 18th. The virtual event consisted of both live remarks from our staff and students, in addition to pre-recorded videos from College Initiative graduates, staff members, and supporters. In case you experienced any technical difficulties during the virtual graduation (or if you’d just like to relive it), you can view our speakers’ pre-recorded remarks here:
Getting to Work with a Criminal Record: New York State License Guides (2020 Expanded Edition) The New York State License Guides explain the process for obtaining licenses in 25, high-demand occupations and professions for people who have conviction records. These guides aim to dispel the myths and misinformation that may discourage people with convictions from pursuing employment and career pathways that are actually available to them. There is a common misconception that a conviction record makes licensing impossible; in fact, 86 percent of people with conviction records who applied for New York State occupational licensing in 2018 were approved. These guides update and expand our first edition released, which was released in 2018 and included 10 occupations. We selected an additional 15 occupations and professions based on interest from people with conviction records and input from many professionals in the workforce development field, and by evaluating labor market data to determine growing sectors and jobs that have licensure restrictions. The guides are designed specifically for:
- Anyone with a conviction record who is interested in pursuing a license in any of the 25, high-demand occupations and professions.
- Workforce development providers, academic advisors, faculty, and other human service professionals who help people find jobs and explore education and career options.
- Lawyers and other human services providers who are seeking quick answers for their clients.