[Fcs-faculty] FW: 2010-2011 Social Justice Series - 1st Event - September 23, 2010

Sandra P Earl sandra.earl at fcs.utah.edu
Mon Sep 13 14:39:24 MDT 2010

The Unforgiven: Debt Paid But Not Forgotten

September 23, 2010
A National Rentry Dilemma: Legal, Policy, & Practical Barriers People With Criminal Records Face
Legal Action Center - Roberta Meyers-Peeples
Roberta Meyers-Peeples, Director of the Legal Action Center's National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment) Network

Over the past 20 years, the federal government and many states have increased the number, range, and severity of civil penalties for those with criminal convictions-in some cases, even applied to people accused but never convicted of a crime.  This create restrictions on eligibility for food stamps, public assistance, public housing, student loans, employment, parenting, and voting.  How are these individuals to become productive citizens of our society?
Ms. Robert Meyers-Peeples is the director of the Legal Action Center in New York and has worked as an advocate around the country to identify public policy priorities that directly affect employment opportunities for people with criminal records.  She helps develop appropriate advocacy strategies in strengthening or challenging existing legislation in those states.
Ms. Meyers-Peeples will join a panel after her presentation.  The panel will include:  Julian Stevens who was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune.  Mr. Stevens is attempting to leave a life of crime and "make it" in society.  Mr. Gary Poulsen has a criminal record and has successfully completed the Master's of Social Work program.  He faces several challenges in his goal to help others.
Approved NASW CEU's are available at this event.

Please see attached for more detailed information.

Irene Maya Ota
Diversity Coordinator and Instructor
College of Social Work
395 South 1500 East, Room 228
Salt Lake City, Utah  84112-0260
801-581-8455 - office
801-585-3219 - fax

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