WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2018) – The Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) was honored to attend the White House Prison Reform Summit, joining ongoing conversations with the Administration about criminal justice reform. 

CAO is poised to be a major stakeholder in this national policy discussion through its work with scholars and students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), such as Texas Southern University and its Center for Justice Research. CAO’s State of Opportunity Report is a helpful policy resource that provides much-needed insights on this issue. It contains data from an unprecedented survey on what 6,230 people living in fragile communities (in 49 states and the District of Columbia) think about solutions for crime and barriers to criminal justice reform. 

Today, President Trump made it very clear that finding evidence-based reentry solutions is important to the American economy and character. As CAO Executive Director Gerard Robinson said, “CAO is proud to work directly with Jared Kushner to ensure that fragile communities and those impacted by our justice system have barriers to opportunity removed so they can succeed, because we are a nation of second chances.”    

Note: CAO Executive Director Gerard Robinson is available for further comment.