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Avoiding the "Inevitable": The Growing Consensus That Recidivism Can Best Be Averted Through Early Attention to Eventual Re-entry and by Effective Alternatives to Incarceration

Recorded on: Dec. 8, 2016
Running Time: 01:02:55

Taken from the briefing Avoiding the "Inevitable":  The Growing Consensus that Recidivism Can Best Be Averted through Early Attention to Eventual Re-entry and by Effective Alternatives to Incarceration  recorded December, 2016 in New York.

There is a growing consensus throughout many parts of the country that society should re-examine and replace many traditional modes of dealing with convicted adults and juveniles found to have violated the law. Increasingly, initiatives focus as early as possible following arrest on the person's eventual re-entry into society. Individualized assessments from the outset can enhance the ways in which the person's health care, education, housing, employment, and mental health needs are addressed during confinement – leading to those who are released being far more likely to be productive citizens and far less likely to commit more crimes. Moreover, a growing number of diversion programs, as an alternative to conviction and incarceration – and their juvenile law equivalents -- avert the often disastrous collateral consequences and enhance re-entry prospects. Such diversion programs include street-level crisis intervention, problem-solving courts, and immediate diversion to behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, housing and employment community providers, or educational programs.

Lecture Topics  [01:02:55]

Listen to Ronald J. Tabak from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, who co-chaired the special committee that led the New York State Bar Association to adopt unanimously a report and recommendations on these issues. He will:

  • provide a national overview on how these issues are being addressed;
  • note some particular initiatives in New York; and
  • discuss how lawyers can work on re-entry as part of their overall pro bono work.

Presentation Material

  • Avoiding the "Inevitable": The Growing Consensus that Recidivism Can Best Be Averted through Early Attention to Eventual Re-entry and by Effective Alternatives to Incarceration
    Ronald J. Tabak
  • NYSBA: Special Committee on Re-entry
    Ronald J. Tabak
Speaker(s)
Ronald J Tabak ~ Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
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