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Jay Burkos on Essential Keys To Successful Reentry Programs

Join us on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. SHARP to hear Jay Burkos, Founder of The Valjean Society, speak on the topic of Essential Keys To Successful Reentry Programs. The event will take place in the Library of the Queens Pride House located at[masked]th Avenue, Suite 206, Jackson Heights, New York 11372.

ADMISSION FEE: $3.00 for Queens LP members; $5.00 for Non-Members.

If you are driving, arrive early to look for free street parking. There are also many 2-hour Muni-Meter spots and a nearby parking lot.

If you are coming by subway, use the IRT "7" Flushing Line and exit at 74th Street/Broadway. You can also use the IND "E", "F" or "R" Queens Blvd. Lines and exit at the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue stop.

If you get lost, call Dr. Tom Stevens on his cell phone at[masked]-7075.


Jay Burkos founded The Valjean Society after researching American reentry policy.  He discovered that though there were endless studies funded by federal and state grants, almost none of these programs have been adopted by the governments that funded them.  Even more significantly, almost none of the money dedicated to reentry programs ever makes it to actual ex-convicts and programs to help them.  The failure of our government to implement proven reentry strategies is a systemic failure to create a safer and more compassionate society.

Mr. Burkos holds a B.A. from West Chester University in History, an A.A. in General Studies with Criminal Justice concentration from Valley Forge Military College, and a Paralegal Certificate (ABA Approved) from Lehigh Carbon Community College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He is currently a graduate student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in the Master of Public Administration program, where he holds a 4.0 GPA.

He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate honor society, Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society and distinguished in Who's Who of American College Students, 2010 edition.

From 1994 through 2007, Mr. Burkos served in the U.S. Army - from the Reserves, to the PA Army National Guard and finally as a TRADOC Assistant Operations Officer (AS-3) assigned to the Infantry Officer Basic Course HHC 2/11.  He is a graduate of The Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne Course, Sniper Officer Program and the Mechanized Leader Course.  Mr. Burkos served as a platoon leader in B Co, 1/111 Infantry (28th Division PAARNG).  He received various military awards and competed his career as a 1LT(P)

His primary area of research is prisoner reentry and progressive criminal justice legislation.

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