U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Meeting of July 26, 2011 – EEOC to Examine Arrest and Conviction Records as a Hiring Barrier
Amy L. Solomon serves as Senior Advisor to Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson at the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. Amy co-chairs the federal interagency reentry working group, which staffs the Cabinet-level Reentry Council and is now comprised of 18 federal agencies. Amy also represents the Department of Justice in other interagency efforts focused on urban policy, public safety, and place-based strategies. Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2010, Amy spent 10 years at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, directing a large portfolio of policy-oriented projects relating to prisoner reentry and community supervision. Amy published widely and provided expertise to the Institute, external organizations, and the media on reentry and public safety issues.
Amy previously worked at the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, where she developed and managed crime policy and community crime-reduction initiatives; drafted speeches, articles, and white papers for senior Department officials; and provided a research basis for emerging crime policy initiatives. She contributed to the development of the national prisoner reentry agenda, involved in crafting and implementing the initial reentry court and reentry partnership initiatives. Amy has also managed a community service program for ex-offenders, developed reentry strategies for a state Department of Correction, and worked with juveniles in detention, probation, and school settings. Amy holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.