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Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the White House

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A special message from former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich

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Van Jones

CNN Political Commentator and Founder, #cut50

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THE RETURN

a documentary work in progress screening with director Katie Galloway

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Clark Howard

Nationally Syndicated HLN Radio Host and Author

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"Ban the Box" Mayoral Panel

Moderated by Van Jones with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III.

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Katherine Park, MA

Chief Executive Officer of National Council on Crime & Delinquency

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A smart way to deal with ex-offenders

During the recent “Operation Reform” summit that was held in Jacksonville, former City Council President Kevin Hyde, as well as Mayor Lenny Curry, talked about why they supported a movement to “ban the box.” Read more... read more

Who We Are

Operation Reform is a bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform and reentry solutions; an action-oriented gathering of practitioners, employers, national media, and government officials from local, state, tribal and federal offices who share in the responsibility of reducing recidivism through employment-based solutions.

Led by Operation New Hope, #cut50, and Ford Foundation, our mission is to turn growing national conversations around criminal justice reform into bipartisan solutions for reducing mass incarceration.

Speakers

Sue Ellen Allen

Sue Ellen Allen

Author, Speaker, Prison Expert and Ex-Inmate

Phoenix, Arizona
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Alejandro Aristizabal

Alejandro Aristizabal

Felony Diversion Supervisor, Jail Diversion Program, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Miami, Florida
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Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the White House

Washington, D.C.
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A. Lee Bentley, III

A. Lee Bentley, III

U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida
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Dr. Christine Cauffield

Dr. Christine Cauffield

CEO, LSF Health Systems

Jacksonville, Florida
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Mayor Lenny Curry

Mayor Lenny Curry

Mayor, City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
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Fred Davie

Fred Davie

Executive Vice President of the Union Theological Seminary

New York, New York
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Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor

Rev. Canon Allison DeFoor

Canon to the Ordinary to the Bishop of the Diocese of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
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Victor Dickson

Victor Dickson

President & CEO - Safer Foundation

Chicago, Illinois
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Edwina Dorch, Ph.D.

Edwina Dorch, Ph.D.

Administration of Justice University of the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.
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Maurice Emsellen

Maurice Emsellen

Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP)

Oakland, California
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Katie Galloway

Katie Galloway

Filmmaker & Director, The Return

San Francisco, California
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Kevin T. Gay

Kevin T. Gay

Founder & CEO, Operation New Hope

Jacksonville, Florida
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Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III

Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III

Mayor, Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens, Florida
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Mayor Andrew D. Gillum

Mayor Andrew D. Gillum

Mayor, City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida
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David Girard

David Girard

Writer, Actor, Spoken Word Artist, and Playwright

Jacksonville, Florida
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Melissa Goemann

Melissa Goemann

Policy and Research Specialist for the National Juvenile Justice Network

Washington, D.C.
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Jeffery Goldhagen

Jeffery Goldhagen

Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida-Jacksonville and Chief of the Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics

Jacksonville, Florida
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Timothy Head

Timothy Head

Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition

Duluth, Georgia
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Teresa Hodge

Teresa Hodge

Executive Vice President for Mission: Launch, Inc.

Washington, D.C.
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Clark Howard

Clark Howard

Nationally Syndicated HLN Radio Host and Author

Atlanta, Georgia
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Kevin E. Hyde

Kevin E. Hyde

Partner and Employment Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Miami, Florida
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Sherri Jefferson

Sherri Jefferson

Founder of Family Law Center

Atlanta, Georgia
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Van Jones

Van Jones

CNN Political Commentator and Founder, #cut50

Oakland, California
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Larry Knight

Larry Knight

Poet, Writer, and Teacher

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Peter Koutoujian

Peter Koutoujian

Sheriff, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Middlesex, Massachusetts
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Barbara Lacina

Barbara Lacina

Director for the Division of Program Innovation with the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement

Washington, D.C.
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Al Letson

Al Letson

Poet, Playwright, Storyteller, and Public Radio Host

Jacksonville, Florida
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Stefan LoBuglio

Stefan LoBuglio

Director - Corrections & Reentry at the Council of State Government’s Justice Center

Bethesda, Maryland
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Robin Y. McDonald

Robin Y. McDonald

Division Director of State and Territory TANF Management within the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance (OFA)

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Julio Medina

Julio Medina

Executive Director of Exodus Transitional Community

New York, New York
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Brent Orrell

Brent Orrell

Family and Economic Stability Expert, ICF International

Fairfax, Virginia
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Katherine Park

Katherine Park

Chief Executive Officer of National Council on Crime & Delinquency

Madison, Wisconsin
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Lawanda Ravoira, DPA

Lawanda Ravoira, DPA

President & CEO, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center

Jacksonville, Florida
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Robert Rooks

Robert Rooks

Organizing Director, Californians for Safety and Justice

Oakland, California
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Newton Sanon

Newton Sanon

President and CEO of OIC of South Florida

Miami, Florida Read Bio

Ben Seigel

Ben Seigel

Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Labor

Washington, D.C.
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Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor

Author, Mentor & Motivational Speaker

Detroit, Michigan
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Jessica Jackson Sloan

Jessica Jackson Sloan

Co-Founder & National Director, #cut50

Oakland, California
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Adam Tebrugge

Adam Tebrugge

Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Florida

Sarasota, Florida
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Justin Terrell

Justin Terrell

Program Manager at TakeAction Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Ewan Watt

Ewan Watt

Senior Manager of External Relations, Charles Koch Institute

Washington, D.C.
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Mark Washington

Mark Washington

Vice President, Public Sector Social Solutions Global

Atlanta, Georgia
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Monica Zeno-Martin

Monica Zeno-Martin

Senior Vice President for Program Impact, YouthBuild USA

Somerville, Massachusetts Read Bio

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“America is the land of the second chance ­ and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.”

–President George W. Bush

“While people in our prisons made mistakes – sometimes big mistakes – they are also Americans. We have to ensure as they do their time and pay back their debt to society we are increasing the possibility they can turn their lives around.”

–President Barack Obama

“There are currently 2.2 million Americans in jail. If the U.S. incarcerated its citizens at the same low rate as Norway we could save more than $45 billion a year — and a whole lot of human suffering. We should be investing in education and jobs, not more jails.”

–Sen. Bernie Sanders

“I’ve long believed there needed to be reform of our criminal justice system. We’ve got a lot of people in prison, frankly, that don’t really in my view need to be there.”

–Rep. John Boehner

“America’s criminal justice system is badly in need of reform. For too long our justice system has reinforced our country’s cruel history of racism and economic inequality — remaining disconnected from our founding ideals of life, liberty, and equal treatment under the law.”

–Gov. Martin O’Malley

“Now is the time for criminal justice reform.”

–Rep. Jim Sesenbrenner

“Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, million fewer people would be living in poverty. And it’s not just families trying to stay afloat with one parent behind bars. Of the 600,000prisoners who re-enter society each year, roughly 60 percent face long-term unemployment.”

–Sec. Hillary Clinton

“Real justice in America has got to include restorative justice.”

–Gov. Jeb Bush

“I have an issue with the court and prison system, about how we treat nonviolent drug addicts. His punishment is too harsh. I want to get involved in working out reforms. I know a lot about it now. Cameron got the most severe sentence in the history of the US penal system. It’s just unrealistic. My son deserved to get arrested, but not to be harshly punished for obtaining drugs in prison.”

–Michael Douglas

“By reducing recidivism, correctional education ultimately saves taxpayers money & creates safer communities.”

–Rep Donna F. Edwards

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