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What Works: Moving From Theory to Practice

The City of New Haven Prison Reentry Initiative Statewide Symposium

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

What Works: Moving From Theory to Practice

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What Works: Moving From Theory into Practice.

In many ways the City of New Haven is on the cutting edge of reentry reform. The city has enacted policies like “Ban the Box” where questions pertaining to criminal histories are removed from employment applications, and it has removed some “collateral consequences” associated with incarceration by providing a path for formerly incarcerated persons to be able to get a vendor’s license, live in public housing, and employment. New Haven is also home to the only city-sponsored Reentry Initiative in Connecticut.


The City of New Haven’s Prison Reentry Initiative facilitates the coordination of advocates, community partners, state agencies and other stakeholders for the purpose of creating an efficient, responsive service delivery system that leads to reduced recidivism, increased employment, and the long term self-sufficiency of returning citizens.


The City of New Haven Prison Reentry Initiative fulfills its objectives through the following:

  • Information sharing among organizations and groups implementing reentry programs or services
  • Supporting local efforts that advance public safety.
  • Increasing the use of proven best practices among local nonprofits in order to improve the impact of available programs and services serving the formally incarcerated.
  • Building community capacity for stronger results through grant making, technical assistance, and training.
  • Advocating at both the city and state level to inform policy making and promote systems reform that promotes the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons.
  • Promoting and supporting the successful reintegration of families.


The Reentry Initiative will sponsor a Symposiumon Wednesday, September 18, 2013 that brings together practitioners, legislators, policymakers, the faith community and community advocates from across the state. "What Works: Moving From Theory to Practice" was designed to highlight several programs using evidence-based practices, present research findings from national experts on what we know “works” to improve services for formerly incarcerated persons, and build consensus on a call to action for improving services among service providers in the Greater New Haven area. The Keynote Speaker for this event is Diane Williams, President/CEO of The Safer Foundation (Chicago, IL). Ms. Williams is a recognized authority on criminal justice policies, with particular expertise in community corrections strategies and programming for adults and juveniles. The Symposium will be hosted at the New Haven Lawn Club and will begin at 8:00 am. Seating is limited to 200 registrants; registration is first come, first served, so register today!


Support Partners for this event include: Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC), Department of Justice, Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (CSSD), Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM), and the Central Connecticut State University Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP).

Have questions about What Works: Moving From Theory to Practice? Contact The City of New Haven Prison Reentry Initiative Statewide Symposium

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New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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The City of New Haven Prison Reentry Initiative Statewide Symposium

The City of New Haven Prison Reentry Initiative is the first city-sponsored initiative in the State of Connecticut created for the express purpose of reentry services and programming.

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