Posts by Kyung Jin Lee

Challenging the ‘Life Sentence’ of Unemployment Upon Re-Entry

It’s time to address one of the most common collateral consequences following individuals with criminal history records. Long after they have served their prison sentences, any sentence for criminal activity will, for many, ultimately become a life sentence of under- or unemployment. That destructive cycle needs to change, and businesses have a big role to play.

Reimagining Prisons with Frank Gehry

Renowned architect Frank Gehry, in collaboration with Yale School of Architecture, Impact Justice, and Susan Burton with A New Way of Life, taught a semester-long studio on architecture and mass incarceration. A dozen students presented their projects—designs for a humane prison—to a jury consisting of philanthropists, architects, and formerly incarcerated people.

Human Resources Generalist

Under supervision of the Director of People and Culture, the human resource generalist performs duties at the professional level in some or all of the following functional areas: benefits management, HR administration, employee relations, training, and payroll functions. This position requires an extremely perceptive person who is capable of relating to individuals at all levels within the organization. The generalist must be sensitive to organizational needs, employee goodwill and the program area needs.

Vice President of Finance

The Vice President of Finance (VPF) will be responsible for all financial accounting and reporting activities, along with cash management, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. This position will report directly to the President of Impact Justice. VPF will support the President in presenting financial compliance, forecasts and performance to the Board of Directors. The VPF will also consult with the Chief Financial Strategist, a consultant retained by Impact Justice. In addition, the VPF is supported by a Director of Finance and a financial team.

The Spirit of Restorative Justice

Sujatha Baliga found herself sitting in a room with a murderer and his victim’s parents, who had come seeking something more than punishment for their child’s killer. Sujatha, and the process of Restorative Justice, was uniquely positioned to help. She came to that meeting through rigorous academic training, and also through harrowing personal experience. She grew up in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania where she experienced ongoing sexual abuse by her father. As an adult, after several emotional breakdowns related to the early childhood traumas, she decided to travel to Dharamsala, India to visit the Dalai Lama. Through slim odds, she was granted an audience with the exiled leader. After listening to her story and hearing about the anger which had motivated her to become a prosecutor, he instructed her to do two things: meditate and consider the needs of those she calls her enemies. This encounter, and these instructions, inspired her to start a mindfulness meditation practice, which led her to forgive her father, and then to become one of the leading voices and practitioners of Restorative Justice.

The Fragmented Surveillance State

Big data policing means that new privacy-invading technologies are now a local problem. Instead of one frightening big brother surveillance state, the reality is really more like thousands of little sisters and brothers (and cousins) all reporting fragmentary bits of bad behavior. The result may be no less oppressive, but the solutions to challenge this growing privacy threat are far more difficult.

Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registry

California took an important step toward ending the abusive practice of putting kids on sex offender registries when Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 384, which allows juveniles to petition for their removal after five or 10 years.

How Sex Offender Registries Impact Youth

According to the Center on Youth Registration Reform’s estimates, Leah is one of the approximately 200,000 individuals placed on sex offender registries for actions they engaged in before they were 18 years old. Proponents of laws that require children to be placed on sex offender registries argue that providing the public this information will help people keep their families safe from harm. But many believe that including children on registries does much more harm than good.

New Law Reforming California’s Sex Offender Registry is a Great First Step

New Law Reforming California’s Sex Offender Registry is a Great First Step. Advocacy groups call to keep moving to fully eliminate the policy of placing kids on the registry.

Restorative Justice: Spiritual Resources for Sustainable Peace in Communities

On Thursday, October 5, Harvard Divinity School's Religions and the Practice of Peace will kick off its 2017-18 colloquium dinner series with a talk focusing on the restorative justice approach. It will explore restorative justice, its spiritual dimensions, and the potential contributions of its approach to advancing sustainable peace in communities and the world. The session will feature presentations by Fania Davis, co-executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, and sujatha baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project and vice president of Impact Justice.

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