Saturday, November 19, 2005
Here's an announcement of interest:
On behalf of the Government Innovators Network, KnowledgePlex, and the National Institute of Justice, I would like thank you for your interest in our web conference "Prisoner Reentry: Addressing the Challenges of Returning Home." We were delighted at the level of response we received on this important subject. Many of you attempted to join the conference, but found the meeting full, and we very much regret that we were not able to accommodate such a high turnout.
We would like to remind everyone, that the event was recorded; you can access this archived recording of the session on the KnowledgePlex website http://www.knowledgeplex.org/xchat.html), as well as the Government Innovators Network website http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/xchat.html
To access archived events, you must register with the KnowledgePlex or the Government Innovators Network -- registration is free and easy. Just click the word "register" on the top-right corner of the screen on either website, and follow the instructions. On this page, you will also be able to access a list of related resources including links to recent news articles and other resources on the topic of prisoner reentry and homelessness.
Many of you have expressed great interest in continuing the dialogue. Thus, we encourage you all to participate in our discussion forum, which will is titled "Prisoner Reentry," and can be found at the Government Innovators Network at http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/forums. Some starter topics have been added to get the ball rolling, including: "Barriers to Employment," "Securing and Networking Resources," and "Returning Sex Offenders."
The initial posts include many questions submitted by those of you who attended the 11/9 event. We encourage you to offer your professional insights and advice in response, or to pose some related questions of your own. In addition, we also invite you to post a new topic (e.g. one attendee has already initiated a great topic on the "Use of Technology and Workload"). There are many issues that were raised during the Q&A session, which the presenters only had time to touch on lightly, if at all, such as resources for children of incarcerated parents, reintegration of those released from juvenile detention facilities, reentry in rural communities, and coordinating mental health resources.
If you have any further questions about the accessing the recording of the event or the using the discussion forum, please let me know. We are happy to be working with this diverse group of leaders in prisoner reentry, and are excited to offer you further opportunities to exchange ideas.
James R. Cooney, Communities of Practice Coordinator, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University