In this episode, Director of the Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies Sharon Oselin talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the California Fair Chance Act and barriers to integration following incarceration.
About Sharon Oselin:
Dr. Oselin is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside and Affiliated Faculty of the Labor Studies Program. She earned her Ph.D. from UC Irvine and is a past fellow of the American Association of University Women. Her broad research interests encompass crime, deviance, and criminal justice, gender and sexuality, organizations, and culture.
“With growing public awareness and legislators' awareness about some of the harms of mass incarceration in particular... there has been significantly retooled efforts to focus on policies and laws that help reduce those inequalities but also deal with some of the consequences for those that have been justice-impacted in various ways.”
- Sharon Oselin on the topic of new efforts to promote policies that help those that have been justice-impacted.
“Individuals with records have a lot of obstacles to contend with... one of the biggest challenges is finding employment and we know that employment is often correlated with whether someone reoffends or returns to prisons”
- Sharon Oselin on the impact obtaining employment has on possible future incarcerations.
“There's many factors that are important of course, such as securing housing, family relationships, social support, and so forth, but employment is a huge factor in predicting someone's success... that's why there are a lot of policies that specifically target employment opportunities.”
- Sharon Oselin on the importance of employment following incarceration.
Sharon Oselin (Director of the Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies)
Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)
Catherine Mah (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)
This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/
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