Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE)

In order to make headway in reducing recidivism in Illinois, Safer Foundation formed the Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE) in 2001.

Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul speaks at the annual CARRE Policy Conference.

Formation of CARRE

This council represents a unique opportunity for leaders of support groups, community organizations, employment and supportive service nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based groups, civil and human rights organizations, and universities to work together with public policy advocates, employers, and legislators to develop and implement strategies to reduce barriers to employment and encourage successful reentry.

Over the past eight years, CARRE has emerged as a powerful ally for those seeking a second chance upon returning from prison. With a membership representing over 100 individuals, groups, organizations, agencies, coalitions, and institutions, CARRE has effectively produced and disseminated policy papers and conducted campaigns to increase public awareness. These efforts have led to the creation of several new Illinois state policies, changes in the City of Chicago’s hiring standards, and the development of new Cook County ordinances.

From advocating for the expansion of expungement and sealing of criminal records to creating employment programs, CARRE has helped increase educational and employment opportunities for returnees by eroding the stigma surrounding their plight.

CARRE also worked to secure nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grants for policy and advocacy groups like Cabrini-Green Legal Aid, Protestants for the Common Good, and Target Development Corporation.

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