Policy & Advocacy

As the country’s largest reentry employment organization, CEO partners with the public sector to change the way we invest in criminal justice and workforce development. We have the scale, experience, data, and participant feedback to make a positive impact on public safety and reentry outcomes. With the ability to evaluate and learn rapidly, we collaborate with federal, state, county, and city officials to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-informed solutions.

To advance public funding that helps grow and sustain CEO and other reentry employment programs, we are:

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Directly engaging with policymakers at all levels to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based reentry employment programs.

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Building partnerships with leading national and state organizations working to advance criminal justice and workforce development systems change.

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Measuring success to determine the efficacy of our policy efforts.

CEO advocates for increasing public investment in reentry employment services and the removal of unnecessary and overly punitive barriers to employment that often accompany a criminal conviction. We believe that in order to begin to undo the harm of mass incarceration, we must invest resources back into the communities that have been most affected by over incarceration. We advocate for public agencies to make these investments in order to create greater employment and opportunity for people coming home from incarceration. 

We also recognize that no matter how many people we can successfully transition into employment, government leaders must reform the myriad of laws and regulations that keep formerly incarcerated people from obtaining employment even when qualified. Our policy work also focuses on eliminating legal and regulatory barriers to employment and increasing the number of workforce opportunities for anyone with a criminal conviction.

Policy Team

Bill Heiser, Senior Director of State Policy
bheiser@ceoworks.org

Pam Lachman, Director of Strategic State Initiatives 
plachman@ceoworks.org

Imani Webb-Smith, Policy Analyst 
iwebb-smith@ceoworks.org

Julia Root, Senior Workforce Policy Associate
jroot@ceoworks.org