Investing in Futures

The economic and business benefits of making postsecondary education available for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students

Past Event
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
8:30 AM — 10:30 AM
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Access to postsecondary education for people in prison and Fair Chance Hiring have the power to change individual lives and entire communities. Please join the Bank of America, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Corrections to College California, and the Vera Institute of Justice for a breakfast briefing on the importance and significant benefits to the business community of expanding access to postsecondary education for people in prison. The discussion will frame the national and local conversations on this issue to highlight the implications for your community. Panelists will delve into findings from the Investing in Futures report and the Don't Stop Now report, focusing on the established economic benefits of higher education in prison—in areas such as public safety, employment, and state economy.

The conversation will also bring experienced perspectives on Fair Chance Hiring in Los Angeles together to break down the impact and the opportunities for every stakeholder involved. It is a fact that we need more locally trained and certified candidates to fill our greatest industry and employment needs here in Greater Los Angeles. It's also true that the positive effects of people leaving prison with a postsecondary education are multiplied even further when combined with intentional and informed hiring practices. Join us for an important discussion on how access to postsecondary education for returning citizens can expand talent pipelines in some of our most important regional industries.

This is the first in a series of Investing in Futures events, in collaboration with Bank of America and Corrections to College California. Stay tuned for upcoming events in Detroit, Columbus, Boston, and Charlotte.


Cara Brumfield, Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality

Raul Bustillos, Bank of America

Margaret diZerega, Vera Institute of Justice

Gerald Feeney, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Garland Fuller, CBRE

Laura Hope, Chaffey College

Nicole Jeong, Root & Rebound

Kent Mendoza, Policy Coordinator, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

David Rattray, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Rebecca Silbert, Opportunity Institute