Rebecca Vallas Speaks on Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated

Former Skadden fellow Rebecca Vallas ('09), director of policy for the Center for American Progress' Poverty to Prosperity Program, was interviewed by Salon about new actions taken by President Obama to improve the criminal justice system ("'A Life Sentence to Poverty': How Our Laws Deny Ex-Offenders a True Second Chance," Nov. 9). Rebecca praised Obama's focus on the reentry process for formerly incarcerated individuals. "We can't leave out the reentry piece of the puzzle; if we do, we're basically guaranteeing that whatever gains we see from reducing mass incarceration will be short-lived, because a huge share of the people that we released from correctional facilities are just going to end up right back behind bars," Rebecca said.