The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Prisoners & Parolees
Leadership Conference/Education Fund Materials
- Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Lauds the Important Work of Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons- Press Release - 4/19/05
- Ex-Offenders Battle Economic Obstacles - 7/28/04
From Prison to Work: A Proposal for a National Prisoner Re-entry Program - The Brooking Institution - December 2008. Brookings proposes a national program that will improve employment opportunities and help ex-prisoners re-enter society successfully.
Abandoned & Abused: Orleans Parish Prisoners in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina - ACLU - 08/10/06. In a comprehensive report from our National Prison Project, the ACLU documents the terrible conditions and dangerous lack of planning at the Orleans Parish Prison during and after Hurricane Katrina. This report focuses on the experience of thousands of individuals trapped in the prison during and after the storm, and recounts the nightmare many of them later faced at various receiving facilities around Louisiana.
American Indian Suicides in Jail: Can Risk Screening Be Culturally Sensitive? (pdf) - U.S. Department of Justice - 06/01/05. Culture can affect how inmates view suicide and, consequently, how they react to authorities' attempts to assess their risk for suicide. In a county detention center in a Northern Plains State where American Indians are the dominant cultural minority in both the jail and the community at large, the jail administrator became concerned about the extent of suicidal behavior in the facility and asked researchers to help find the reason.
No Second Chance: People with Criminal Records - Human Rights Watch - 11/18/04. Decent and stable housing is essential for human survival and dignity, a principle affirmed both in U.S. policy and international human rights law. The United States provides federally subsidized housing to millions of low-income people who could not otherwise afford homes on their own. U.S. policies, however, exclude countless needy people with criminal records, condemning them to homelessness or transient living.
Building Bridges: An Act to Reduce Recidivism by Improving Access to Benefits for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities upon Release from Incarceration - Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - January 2002. As the number of people with psychiatric disabilities in jails and prisons continues to rise, prison officials, state lawmakers and mental health advocates have become increasingly concerned about the effect of this trend on inmates, staff and state budgets. Building Bridges offers states a strategy to reduce recidivism and help recently released inmates with psychiatric disabilities successfully transition to community life.