Palm Beach County




Palm Beach County is inviting leaders committed to criminal justice system reform and social justice to the Inaugural Reentry Summit on October 3-5, 2018.

This Reentry Summit will be held in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida and is a perfect venue to share best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions, as well as to address the topics of innovative funding solutions, the use of peer specialists in reentry, overcoming barriers, juvenile reentry, housing for returning citizens, employment, and many more vital topics.

Community partners committed to continuing the extensive dialogue in Reentry Services are encouraged to attend the Reentry Summit. The reentry movement is at a crucial point throughout the nation – over the past few years, significant progress has been achieved in the field nationally, but there are still critical challenges that need to be addressed so that outcomes continue to improve.

With 5% of the world’s population, the United States incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. The successful reintegration of citizens returning to their communities following incarceration is an integral step in the process of reducing the prisoner population, lowering the recidivism rate, and ultimately eliminating mass incarceration across America, saving the nation’s taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

Palm Beach County’s Community-Based Reentry Model is viewed as a successful model for replication throughout the nation. Palm Beach County has cut recidivism rates in half.




Innovative funding solutionsDefining successEmploymentReentry for sex offenders
Researcher/practitioner partnershipJuvenile reentry and educationRacial disparitiesReentry in the private sector
Keys to making it workBehavioral health and substance abuseGender responsivenessFamily unification
Current state of evidence-based reentry practicesReentry simulationBuilding a reentry task forcePeer involvement
Overcoming barriers to reentryHousingUnderutilized reentry resourcesReentry on the inside


Sec. John Wetzel – Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Tonier Cain – Neen Cares

Ed Latessa, Ph.D. – University of Cincinnati



Cassandra Atkin-Plunk, Ph.D. – Florida Atlantic University

David D’Amora – Council of State Governments

Armando Fana – West Palm Beach Housing & Community Development

Carey Haughwout – Palm Beach County Public Defender

CC Holloman – Legacy Communities Initiative

Delancey Street Foundation

Lauren Jablonski – Colorado Department of Corrections

Jill Levenson, Ph.D. – Barry University

Kerensa Lockwood, Ph.D. – Florida Department of Corrections

Jennifer Loyless – Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office

Wendy Morrison-Cavendish, Ph.D. – University of Miami

Erica Nelson – Council of State Governments

Oswald Newbold – Returning Citizen

Julie Radlauer-Doerfler – The Ronik-Radlauer Group, Inc.

Ted Rodarm – Matthew 25 Ministries

Lincoln Sloas, Ph.D. – Florida Atlantic University

Craig Spatara – Palm Beach County Public Safety Department

Diana Stanley – The Lord’s Place

Faye Taxman, Ph.D. – George Mason University

John Thurston – The GEO Group, Inc.

Chris Warland – Heartland Alliance

Quintin Williams – Heartland Alliance



Non-profit providers, Government Officials, Criminal Justice Advocates


October 3-5, 2018


Airport Hilton, West Palm Beach Florida


$275 early registration, $325 late registration (includes breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception)



4:00 p.m. Registration opens

5:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome reception


7:30 a.m. Registration opens

8:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet

9:00 a.m. Plenary session

10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions

11:45 a.m. Lunch provided – Keynote Speaker

1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

2:30 p.m. Breakout sessions

5:30 p.m. Small group dinners


7:30 a.m. Registration opens

8:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet

9:00 a.m. Plenary session

10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions

11:45 p.m Lunch provided – Keynote Speaker

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Reentry Summit PBC

Edward Latessa, PhD, is the director and professor of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. At his presentation at Claremont McKenna College, Dr. Latessa explains that the most effective programs to reduce recidivism are based on principals of effective interventions. Click here to watch his presentation, and visit to register to see Dr. Latessa and others speak on these important issues this October. Hurry, because spaces are limited!What Works in Reducing Recidivism Edward J. Latessa, PhD, is director and professor of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Latessa has… ...

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