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AG Holder Convenes Cabinet-Level Officials For Reentry Council January 9, 2011

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Demonstrating the Obama Administration’s commitment to addressing prisoner and jail reentry issues, Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday convened the inaugural meeting of the interagency Reentry Council.

Attending the Cabinet-level meeting were the secretaries of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, and the Interior; as well as the heads of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Social Security Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the White House Domestic Policy Council, and the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The purpose of the interagency Reentry Council is to make communities safer, assist those returning from prison and jail in becoming productive, tax-paying citizens, and save taxpayer dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of incarceration.

“Corrections departments alone can’t respond to the complex needs of the massive numbers of people returning from prison and jail,” said Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, chair of the Council of State Governments Justice Center and assemblymember from New York. “The unprecedented establishment of a Cabinet-level council demonstrates the importance of bringing public safety, housing, education, and other social service agencies to the table. It models the collaboration that the bipartisan Second Chance Act encourages among state and local government organizations and their partners in the community that is essential to improve success rates of people returning from prison and jail to the community.”

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