Criminal Justice as an Economic Issue

Economic Perspectives on Incarceration & Criminal Justice System

The White House, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and American Enterprise Institute present:

Criminal Justice as an Economic Issue

Introductory Remarks by:

Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Jason Furman
Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisers

Michael Waldman
President, Brennan Center for Justice

Arthur Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute

Featuring:

Dr. Peter Orszag
Former Director, White House Office of Management and Budget
Former Director, U.S. Congressional Budget Office
Member, Brennan Center Economic Advisory Board

Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin
President, American Action Forum
Former Chief Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
Member, Brennan Center Economic Advisory Board

Daniel Loeb
Founder and CEO, Third Point LLC

Inimai M. Chettiar
Justice Program Director, Brennan Center for Justice

Todd Cox
Director of Criminal Justice Policy, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:

David Rennie
Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist

The White House, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and American Enterprise Institute will host an event Monday on the economic impact of the criminal justice system, highlighting a new report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

The event also marks the public launch of the Brennan Center Economic Advisory Board, comprised of leading bipartisan economists calling attention to the impacts of mass incarceration on the national economy and inequality.

The event kicks off a series of administration activities on criminal justice during National Reentry Week. It also comes as Congress works to pass bipartisan legislation to reform federal sentencing laws.

“Supporting successful reentry is an essential part of the Justice Department’s mission to promote public safety — because by helping individuals return to productive, law-abiding lives, we can reduce crime across the country and make our neighborhoods better places to live.

“An important part of that task is preparing those who have paid their debt to society for substantive opportunities beyond the prison gates, and addressing obstacles to successful reentry that too many returning citizens encounter.”

– Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch
National Reentry Week Announcement
April 2016

 

Monday, April 25, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
The White House
South Court Auditorium

Live Stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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27 thoughts on “Criminal Justice as an Economic Issue

  1. WH

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    4:00 AM
    President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel, opens and tours the Hannover Messe Trade Fair
    Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

    4:30 AM
    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
    Hannover, Germany

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    6:25 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks
    Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    President Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:40 AM
    President Obama departs Hannover, Germany for White House
    Hanover/Langenhagen International Airport

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at a Skills Event
    Philadelphia, PA

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:10 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    7:25 PM
    President Obama arrives White House
    South Lawn

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      April 25, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      4:00 AM ET
      President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel delivers remarks at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair
      Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

      4:30 AM EDT
      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
      Hannover, Germany

      6:25 AM ET
      President Obama Delivers Remarks at Hannover Messe Building 35
      Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

      10:00 AM ET
      White House, American Enterprise Institute, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Criminal Justice System
      The White House co-sponsored a discussion on criminal justice reform and the economic implications of incarceration. Speakers included Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman, academics, and business representatives.

      1:45 PM EDT
      Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at a Skills Event
      Philadelphia, PA

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      White House, American Enterprise Institute, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Criminal Justice System
      The White House co-sponsored a discussion on criminal justice reform and the economic implications of incarceration. Speakers included Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman, academics, and business representatives. http://www.c-span.org/video/?408635-1/white-house-discussion-us-criminal-justice-system

      1:00 PM ET
      Service Women’s Action Network
      Military Sex Assault
      Psychologists, researchers, and Defense Department officials talked various approaches to dealing with sexual assault in the military. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/408634-1

      1:30 PM EDT
      Defense Department Briefing
      Defense Department Spokesman Peter Cook briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of military-related topics, including President Obama’s announcement that 250 additional military personnel will be deployed to Syria. http://www.c-span.org/video/?408678-1/defense-department-briefing

      2:00 PM EDT
      State Department Briefing
      State Department Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?408679-1/state-department-briefing

      3:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate Debate on Energy and Water Spending Bill
      Following leader remarks, the Senate resumes debate on H.R.2028, a $37.5 billion energy and water spending bill. http://www.c-span.org/video/?408635-1/white-house-discussion-us-criminal-justice-system

  2. Criminal Justice as an Economic Issue

    April 25, 2016
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    The White House
    South Court Auditorium

    The White House, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and American Enterprise Institute will host an event Monday on the economic impact of the criminal justice system, highlighting a new report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

    The event also marks the public launch of the Brennan Center Economic Advisory Board, comprised of leading bipartisan economists calling attention to the impacts of mass incarceration on the national economy and inequality.

    The event kicks off a series of administration activities on criminal justice during National Reentry Week. It also comes as Congress works to pass bipartisan legislation to reform federal sentencing laws.

  3. President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

    Monday, April 25
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    President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel, opens and tours the Hannover Messe Trade Fair
    Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

    President Obama Delivers Remarks at Hannover Messe Building 35
    Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

    President Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

    President Obama departs Hannover, Germany for White House
    Hanover/Langenhagen International Airport

    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    President Obama arrives White House
    South Lawn

    President Obama arrives White House
    South Lawn

    • April 25, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel

      Hannover Messe Fairgrounds
      Hannover, Germany

      9:00 A.M. CEST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Guten morgen! Once again, I want to thank Chancellor Merkel and everyone here at Hannover Messe for welcoming us. Angela and I already spoke last night. I’m giving a speech later this morning. So I’m going to be very brief.

      As I said last night, so much of our global economy and the growth that creates jobs is driven by the spirit of innovation –discovery, invention — and then turning those ideas into new products, companies, new industries, new services that create good jobs. So here at the U.S. Pavilion, we are proud to showcase America’s commitment to innovation. You’ll see pioneering companies that are changing the way that we live, the way that we work, the way that we learn. So this is another chance for me to tell everyone to come here and buy “Made in America.” (Applause.)

      Last night, I also talked about why companies around the world that are looking for where to set up shop should select America. And here at the pavilion, you’ll find states, cities and communities from across the United States who are ready to welcome you with open arms.

      Of course, Angela may have different ideas when we go to the German pavilion. (Laughter.) But this friendly competition is healthy. It is what has made our two countries some of the most competitive in the world, our workers the best in the world, our products the best in the world.

      So, again, I want to thank Angela and everyone at Hannover Messe. I expect that as a result of this great event, we’ll see more partnerships, more trade, and more good jobs for our people on both sides of the Atlantic. Angela and I are going to go check out some exhibits, but first I know that she wants to say a few words as well. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/remarks-president-obama-and-chancellor-merkel

    • April 25, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe

      Hannove Messe Fairgrounds
      Hannover, Germany

      11:22 A.M. CEST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Guten tag! It is wonderful to see all of you, and I want to begin by thanking Chancellor Merkel for being here. (Applause.) On behalf of the American people, I want to thank Angela for being a champion of our alliance. And on behalf of all of us, I want to thank you for your commitment to freedom, and equality, and human rights, which is a reflection of your inspiring life. I truly believe you’ve shown us the leadership of steady hands — how do you call it? The Merkel-Raute. (Laughter.) And over the last seven years, I have relied on your friendship and counsel, and your firm moral compass. So we very much appreciate your Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

      To the members of the Bundestag, Prime Minister Weil, Mayor Schostock, distinguished guests, people of Germany. And I’m especially pleased to see the young people here — from Germany and across Europe. We also have some proud Americans here. (Laughter and applause.)

      I have to admit that I have developed a special place in my heart for the German people. Back when I was a candidate for this office, you welcomed me with a small rally in Berlin, where I spoke of the change that’s possible when the world stands as one. As President, you’ve treated me and Michelle and our daughters to wonderful hospitality. You’ve offered me excellent beer — (laughter) — and weisswurst in Krun. You’ve now hosted our delegation here in Hannover.

      My only regret is that I have never been to Germany for Oktoberfest. (Laughter.) So I will have to come back. And I suspect it’s more fun when you’re not President. (Laughter and applause.) So my timing will be good. (Applause.)

      And as always, I bring the friendship of the American people. We consider the German people, and all of our European allies, to be among our closest friends in the world — because we share so much experience and so many of the same values. We believe that nations and peoples should live in security and peace. We believe in creating opportunity that lifts up not just the few but the many. And I’m proud to be the first American President to come to Europe and be able to say that, in the United States, health care is not a privilege, it is now a right for all. We share that as well. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/remarks-president-obama-address-people-europe

    • April 25, 2016

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

      President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met today for talks at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany. The conversation covered the most urgent issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda. The leaders agreed that the implications of irregular migration to Europe posed a severe challenge that needed to be addressed in a comprehensive and sustainable manner, reflecting the values that Europe and the United States share: this implies ongoing NATO and EU activities as well as efforts to tackle the root causes of flight and migration.

      On Syria, leaders shared the growing concern that the increasing violations of the agreed Cessation of Hostilities by the regime and the continued obstruction of humanitarian access undermine efforts to bring relief to the Syrian people. They called on all parties to respect the cessation, ensure humanitarian access, and contribute to the success of the Geneva talks on political transition in line with the Geneva Communiqué. They also called on those with influence on the parties to the conflict to press them to refrain from any actions that put the cessation and political talks at risk.

      On ISIL, leaders welcomed the Coalition’s continued progress in Iraq and Syria and reiterated their full commitment to defeating the terrorist group.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/readout-presidents-meeting-british-prime-minister-david-cameron-french

  4. April 25, 2016

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Murder of Xulhaz Mannan

    The U.S. Government deplores the brutal murders this evening in Dhaka, Bangladesh that took the life of Xulhaz Mannan. An employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Mr. Mannan served the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka with distinction, and he worked on behalf of his fellow Bangladeshis as a voice for justice, equality, and human rights for all. Mr. Mannan set an example of dignity, courage, and selflessness, and his legacy will live on in the causes he championed. We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Mannan’s loved ones as they mourn his loss, and we strongly urge the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that the perpetrators of this senseless crime are brought to justice.

  5. WH

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili of Georgia
    Roosevelt Room

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    Vice President Biden holds a meeting with President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno
    The White House

    First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a 2016 College Signing Day Event
    New York City’s Harlem Armory, New York City, New York

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    Vice President Biden administers the ceremonial swearing-in of Secretary of Education John King
    Eisenhowed Executive Office Building

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden departs White House

    Vice Presidebnt Biden departs Joint Base Andrews for Vatican City, Italy

  6. April 11, 2016

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Host 2016 College Signing Day Event in New York

    Tuesday, April 26th

    New York City, New York – As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will be celebrating her signature College Signing Day at New York City’s Harlem Armory. More than 4,000 students from across New York high schools will be in attendance.

    This event will be hosted by MTV in conjunction with Viacom’s Get Schooled initiative.

    This will be the third annual College Signing Day that the First Lady has hosted to celebrate high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. The First Lady has hosted College Signing Day events in Detroit, Michigan in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-host-2016-college-signing-day-event-new-york

    • April 25, 2016

      FACT SHEET: White House Launches New $100 Million Competition to Expand Tuition-Free Community College Programs that Connect Americans to In-Demand Jobs

      “Every American, whether they’re young or just young at heart, should be able to earn the skills and education necessary to compete and win in the 21st century economy.”

      – President Barack Obama

      Today, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will highlight how communities are coming together to make education tuition-free for hard-working students. This announcement celebrates the 27 new free community college programs that have launched in states, communities and community colleges and the additional investment of $100 million for America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants (America’s Promise Grants) to connect more Americans to education and in-demand jobs. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will make these announcements at the Community College of Philadelphia, which modeled a free community college program after the President’s America’s College Promise plan this time last year.

      America’s more than 1,100 community colleges are the backbone of our nation’s postsecondary education and training system. They serve over 7 million undergraduates, including many older, low- or moderate-income, minority, first-generation, and rural Americans an opportunity to earn a quality, affordable degree or credential that meet the demands of a competitive global economy. That is why President Obama has challenged communities to take action to grow the momentum for America’s College Promise, a plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and the skills needed in the workforce at no cost. And, in order to help communities accept this challenge, he is calling on Congress take action on the America’s College Promise Act, introduced by Senator Baldwin and Congressman Scott, which would expand access to higher education for our nation’s students.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-new-100-million-competition-expand

    • April 26, 2016

      Remarks by The First Lady at College Signing Day

      Harlem Armory
      New York, New York

      3:45 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: This has been pretty exciting, huh? (Applause.) I am so, so happy to be here with you guys. Look how good you all look! (Applause.) You look so good! (Applause.)

      All right, let me start by thanking a few people. I want to thank Melissa and Ben for being here and for their amazing introduction.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      MRS. OBAMA: I love every single one of you! Every single one of you! (Applause.) I’m so proud of you all. (Applause.)

      But I also want to thank La La and Sway and all of MTV for co-hosting this. You know they put this together for you all? Do you know that? (Applause.)

      But most of all, I want to give a huge shout-out to all the amazing young people who are here today because just — I want you to take a moment because you saw what just happened on this stage. You understand how many people it took to put this together. We did this because of you all. (Applause.) You all are the reasons we did this. Melissa, Ben, Allan Houston, Sway, La La, Carmelo — I mean, all of us are here today because we are beyond proud of you. (Applause.)

      I want you all to listen to this: These Grammy Award winners, these NBA All-Stars, these Hollywood celebrities all wanted to be a part of this day. I called, they came. They love me, but they love you even more. They want to celebrate your achievements. (Applause.)

      So I want you to take this in, because no matter what path any of us on this stage took to our success, we all know that completing your education past high school is the most important thing you can do to reach your dreams. That’s why we’re here.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/26/remarks-first-lady-college-signing-day

  7. America Is Finally Putting the Home Foreclosure Crisis Behind It

    April 25, 2016 Matt Scully — bloomberg

    It’s taken nine years, but the number of U.S. homes in foreclosure has fallen to a level not seen since before the 2008 housing crisis.

    More troubled borrowers are making their way through the foreclosure process, which can take more than five years on average in some states. The number of properties in active foreclosure declined by 24,000 to 631,000 in March, according to Black Knight Financial Services. That’s the lowest since October 2007. Neighborhoods across the country were in the coming years flooded with more than 2 million notices from banks.

    The wave of foreclosures crested in 2010 when banks seized a record 1.2 million properties and served even more with notices of default, auction or repossession. People suffering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression just “mailed their keys to the banks and just said ‘take it’,” said Ben Graboske, a chief technology officer at Black Knight.

    The huge inventory of foreclosures has taken years for lenders and borrowers to work through. “We are finally getting back to a very clean slate,” Graboske said.

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-25/america-is-finally-putting-the-home-foreclosure-crisis-behind-it

  8. WH

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a U.S. Olympic Committee event
    Times Square, New York, New York

    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy Football Team
    East Room

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden departs White House

    Vice President Biden departs Joint Base Andrews for Iraq

  9. April 27, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady at 2016 Olympics 100 Days Out Countdown

    Times Square
    New York, New York

    12:18 P.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody. Good morning — or afternoon — or wherever we are. (Laughter.) Hello. Thank you so much for joining us as we start the 100 Day Countdown to the thrilling moment when we let the games begin. I’m really honored to be here today.

    I want to start by thanking Jordan — where did Jordan go? Hey, Jordan. What’s going on? — for that really kind introduction. We’re so proud of him. We’re excited to have him compete in this Summer Olympic Games. I also want to thank the outstanding leaders from the U.S. Olympic Committee who are joining me on this stage. You guys, thank you so much for all your great work — as well as The Band Perry, who is one of our favorites. I want to thank them for being here. Coach Auriemma, thank you all so much for everything you’re doing.

    And, of course, most of all, I want to thank these incredible athletes who are here today. I have to turn around and look at them because I just got here. (Laughter.) They look so good! (Laughter.) I want to recognize them for the extraordinary work that they’ve been doing. I’m proud, I’m honored to be in the presence of these Olympians and Paralympians.

    In fact, this is kind of a dream come true for me, because I’m here today not just as the First Lady, but as a real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan. To this day, I still remember the excitement that I felt as a little girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago when Olympic season would roll around. My family and all the kids in our neighborhood, we would gather around somebody’s TV somewhere in the neighborhood, and we would watch for hours as our Olympic favorites would compete — whether it was Mary Lou Retton, or Carl Lewis. I mean, I could go on. I mean, these times meant the world to kids in neighborhoods all over the country.

    For more; https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/27/remarks-first-lady-2016-olympics-100-days-out-countdown

  10. April 27, 2016

    Remarks by the President Awarding Naval Academy the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy

    East Room

    2:47 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. To Coach Ken and the Navy Midshipmen, I should say welcome back. At this point, you should just add this date to your football schedule every year. (Laughter.) Air Force game, Army game, bowl game, White House visit. (Laughter.)

    We do have some special guests here today that I want to acknowledge. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, is here. We’ve got Admiral John Richardson. We have Superintendent Ted Carter, Jr., and Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk.

    Now, Navy Football has now won the service-academy rivalry 10 of the last 13 years. In that time, they’ve won 24 of their last 27 games against Air Force and Army. Maybe it’s a good thing this trophy just stays in one place so often, because it’s huge. (Laughter.)

    But I know winning the Commander-in-Chief Trophy means a lot to this team, and it means a lot to me because it shares its name with the most important responsibility that I have. No disrespect to Vince Lombardi or Lord Stanley, but this trophy means a little more to me personally.

    I am the eighth President to award this trophy, and this is the eighth and final time that I will do it — and what better way than by honoring this historic Naval Academy team? This squad wasn’t just the best service academy on the gridiron this year -– it was one of the best teams in America.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/27/remarks-president-awarding-naval-academy-commander-chiefs-trophy

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