Podcast: Breaking New Jersey’s Cycle of Crime and Incarceration

NJ Spotlight News | December 20, 2015 | Podcasts
Exploring the challenges that arise when prisoners return to their old neighborhoods

While we’re on winter hiatus we’ll be publishing podcasts of some of the most compelling and challenging sessions from our October NJ Spotlight On Cities conference, as well as a podcast diary of a colleague who is struggling with breast cancer.

Prisoner reentry programs got a lot of time in the public eye in 2015, particularly after President Barack Obama visited Newark this November and lauded New Jersey’s rehabilitation programs as examples of how to break the cycle of incarceration.

[img-narrow:/assets/15/1220/1945]Just a few weeks before the president visited, NJ Spotlight On Cities took a closer look at the challenges created when prisoners return to their old neighborhoods. In our discussion, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and former Gov. Jim McGreevey — who currently oversee reentry programs in Newark and Jersey City — discussed ways government can ease that transition. NJ Spotlight contributing writer Lilo Stainton moderated the session.

“Prisoner Reentry and the Impact On Neighborhoods” was one of a dozen panels at this year’s inaugural NJ Spotlight On Cities. Now we’re gearing up for our second year, to be held in the fall. What are the big issues facing cities that we should be focusing on? Do you know of an organization that’s doing wonderful things in a New Jersey city? Or an idea that’s taken root in another American city that New Jersey might try? Or a speaker that we absolutely should know about? Tell us about it by emailing us at oncities@njspotlight.com.

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