SCSJ Staff Attorney Daryl Atkinson discussed critical policy issues relating to poverty in America with fellow expert panelists on Thursday’s TalkPoverty LIVE! webcast. Joining him were:
- Jared Bernstein: Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Biden
- Jodie Levin-Epstein: Deputy Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy
- Rebecca Vallas: Moderator; Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress
Over the course of the program the discussants identified and expounded on three key policy solutions for increasing economic security including reforming the criminal justice system and re-entry policies so that criminal records do not commit people or their families to a life of poverty. Durham, North Carolina’s laudable “Ban the Box” policy was noted as being a successful model for expanding economic opportunity by eliminating such barriers to employment.
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