Mayors Innovation Project


Healing Communities: Restorative Justice and Ex-Offender Reintegration


This panel will examine two aspect of the criminal justice system: Reducing the number of people we incarcerate through restorative justice and better integrating formerly incarcerated people into society. 


"Community Court Principles - A Guide for Planners”.  Center for Court Innovation.  2000.                          
·       Manual intended for use as a guide for community justice planners, especially those interested in court reform.
Post, Leonard.  Court Mix Justice with Social Work”.  The National Law Journal. 7 June 2004. 
·       Article that describes “problem solving” courts that are incorporating social work to change lives of individual offenders and quality of life in communities.


Red Hook Experiment”.  ABA Journal.  June 2004.
·       Article explains the concept of examining the causes of crime, and the Red Hook Community Justice Center that has been established to solve community problems by getting at root causes. 


  • Article that details new policies in several major cities to limit discrimination in city jobs against people with criminal records. 

Jeff Rakover Interviews Maurice Emsellem”.  Center for American Progress.  4 June 2007. 
  • Transcript of Jeff Rakover’s interview with Maurice Emsellem, Policy Director with the National Employment Law Project.

  • Chicago Mayor Daley’s Executive Summary on breaking the cycle of incarceration through prisoner reentry into the workforce.

  • New guidelines for reviewing criminal convictions for prisoner reentry into the workforce.

  • City of Chicago’s request for proposal form for programs to serve prisoner reentry.

Newson, Gavin and Harris, Karmala D.  Courting the community - Justice center will address causes of crime by aiding offenders, victims”.  San Francisco Chronicle.  13 May 2007. 
  • San Francisco Mayor Newsom and District Attorney Karmala D. Harris describe the launch of the Community Justice Center. 

Community Court Program”.  San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. 
  • Description of the Community Court Program on the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Webpage. 

Hennessey, Michael.  Reducing Criminal Recidivism: Executive Summary”.  Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. 
  • Article that outlines San Francisco’s Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). 

Smeath, Doug.  Restoring hope – Justice programs address offenders’ problems”.  Descret News (Salt Lake City), 14 January 2007. 
  • Feature news article on impact justice programs have on assisting offenders overcome problems. 

Programs offered through the Salt Lake City Prosecutors Office”.  Salt lake City Prosecutors Office. 
  • List of programs that allows defendants to receive appropriate treatment specific to his/her offence. 

Turner, Chuck., Murphy, Stephen J., Arroyo, Felic D., Yancey, Charles C., Hennigan, Maura A., Flaherty, Michael F., and Ross, Michael P.  An Ordinance Regarding CORI”.  City of Boston. 2005. 
  • Boston’s Ordinance regarding screening and identification of persons with criminal backgrounds. 

Schuppe, Jonathan.  City aims to break cycle for ex-cons”.  The Star Ledger (Newark, NJ).  2 May, 2007. 
  • News article describing pilot project with lawyers providing free advice to ex-cons.  



Greg Berman is the director of the Center for Court Innovation, a non-profit think tank that helps courts reduce crime, aid victims, and improve public trust in justice. Part of the founding team responsible for creating the Center, he has helped guide the organization from start-up to an annual budget of $15 million. The Center has received numerous awards, including the Prize for Public Sector Innovation from the Citizens Budget Commission and the Innovations in American Government Award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Greg is the co-author of Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice (The New Press, 2005).

Maurice Emsellem is the National Employment Law Project's (NELP) Policy Director.  NELP is a research and advocacy organization that delivers on the nation's promise of economic opportunity. Mr. Emsellem specializes in government systems of support for unemployed workers and policies that reduce employment barriers of people with criminal records.  He and his colleagues at NELP have co-authored several publications, including scholarly articles that appeared in the Stanford Law & Policy Review and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.   Mr. Emsellem was a Soros Justice Senior Fellow (2005), and a Visiting Public Interest Mentor at Stanford Law School (2003).  He received his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Michigan and his J.D. in 1986 from Northeastern University School of Law.

Angela Rudolph, Assistant to the Mayor, joined the Office of Mayor Richard M. Daley in October 2006. Ms. Rudolph has been charged with spearheading the development of strategies and initiatives for the City of Chicago to support people with criminal backgrounds as they work to transform their lives achieve success, strengthen their families and home communities — thus making a stronger safer Chicago.  Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office Ms. Rudolph served as a Program Director at Chicago Metropolis 2020 where she focused on justice and violence by working on issues of childhood exposure to violence, re-entry, juvenile justice and sentencing reform. She has served as the Education Director with the Chicago Urban League where she was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the League’s education and youth development programming. Ms. Rudolph began her professional career in Illinois working for the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory working as a Policy Associate and a Program Associate with the policy and advocacy division of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She holds a Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. from Union College in American History.


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