“The first 72 hours of freedom, says Nicholas Alexander of the Reentry Success Center are the most fraught with danger. Without a job or a place to live, newly released inmates are at high risk for finding trouble. That’s a situation that Alexander and his colleagues in Richmond, CA are working hard to prevent. They reach out to prisoners and their families before and after the release to provide critical services — like housing, employment training, and counseling — to help them reintegrate successfully into their communities. And, as Alexander tells Jonathan Stein on this edition of In the Arena, it’s working! Hear how better futures are being built on Preparing for Life After Incarceration with Nicholas Alexander on the UC Public Policy Channel.
Smart thinking! That’s the reaction many had when Sudha Shetty told the story of how she reached women in Seattle’s South Asian community who may have been victims of abuse. As the then-head of Chaya, a domestic violence prevention program, Shetty tried to speak at numerous public events in order to raise awareness of the issue. But after being rebuffed again and again, she figured out how to bypass the podium gatekeepers. She printed Chaya business cards listing resources for victims and placed them in the women’s bathrooms, thereby avoiding the scornful gaze of the male event organizers. Hear more about this and other ways Shetty is now helping women as the director of the Hague Domestic Violence Project and the assistant dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Never one to back down from political opposition, former US Senator Barbara Boxer puts her Capitol Hill moxie on display as she recounts
some of the biggest challenges she faced during her 30+ years serving alongside 5 presidents in Washington. As thrilling as it is to hear her stories, the message that comes through loud and clear in this inaugural talk of the Barbara Boxer Lecture Series at UC Berkeley, is “don’t stop!” She calls on Americans who share her concerns about the current administration to engage – by going to town halls, by writing letters to their representatives, by marching, and most importantly, by showing up to vote even in the midterm elections.
What happens when prison sentences are reduced and non-violent criminals are set free? As UC Berkeley professor Steve Raphael argues, crime rates don’t rise and in some cases, they actually go down. Hear why alternatives to “tough on crime” sentencing guidelines can make communities safer as California and other states rethink their policies on punishment.
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The numbers tell the story. In Up From Poverty: Funding Solutions That Work, public policy analysts Hilary Hoynes and Rucker Johnson show how investments in pre-K programs, nutritional assistance, Medicaid and earned income tax credits provide solid and reliable paths out of poverty if properly funded.
They’ve done the research – check out their results in this eye-opening conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
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