Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Esq., PhD - Promoting Justice through Research, Training, Informed Advocacy
 
 
Policy Background and Expertise 
 
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Self-Empowerment:
Writing a book: Sojourn: Lessons of Life I've Learned Along the Way
  • Talks: Knowing Who You Are, What You Want, and Going for It.
 
 
 Criminal Justice:
  • Have a law degree and practiced law  
  • Have a doctorate in criminal justice
  • Reentry issues of formerly incarcerated people
(a) Presented in several venues about this topic(b) Serving as facilitator of the New Jersey Attorney General's Prisoner Re-Entry Council(c) Serving on the City of Newark, NJ's Prisoner Re-entry Advisory Council(d) Directing and Conducting research on re-entry programs
 
  • Women and the criminal justice system
(a) authored several publications on the topic
 
  • Specific re-entry needs of women who have been incarcerated
(a) Testimony of S Bush-Baskette before the New Jersey State Legislature as an invited expert, May 2009, regarding Re-Entry Needs of Women
 
  • The needs of children of incarcerated parents
(a) Co-authored document on Children of Incarcerated Parents
 
  • Race/Ethnicity and the criminal justice system
(a) Taught college courses regarding race and crime(b) Delivered Keynote addresses to two NAACP Freedom Fund dinners (Aiken, SC and Allentown, PA) about the over-representation of minorities in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems(c) Co-taught students at 6 Florida universities about the over-representation of minority youth in the Florida juvenile justice system and prepared them to present testimony before a panel of state and federal legislators.
 
  • The impact of drug policies on the incarceration of women
(a)Book in process entitled the War on Drugs and Black Women: Two Decades of Attack (more information forthcoming)
 
  • Juvenile justice:
(a) Taught juvenile justice courses at Florida State University(b) Provided training and technical assistance regarding the Comprehensive Strategy for Addressing Juvenile Crime
 
Ethics:
  • Taught Morals/Ethics in Public Administration at graduate level at Rutgers Univerisity
  • Sit as a commissioner on the New Jersey State Ethics Commission
  • Provided ethics training to a municipal city council
 
Housing:
  • Former State Commissioner responsible for overseeing the Division on Housing
  • Former Chair of the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Board
  • Certified through NeighborWorks as a mortgage counsellor
  • Former New Jersey corporation counsel for Neighborhood Housing Services of America
 
Health Disparities:
  • Project director for several major health survey projects
  • Speaker at Does Race Matter? How Your Race Affects Your Health at the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey
 
Leadership:
  • Former Majority Whip of the New Jersey General Assembly
  • Taught Leadership courses to graduate students in Public Administration at Rutgers University
  • Member of boards of trustees for several organizations
  • Chaired or vice-chaired  various committees including the: Division on People of Crime for the American Society of Criminology; New Jersey Criminal Disposition Commission
  • Chaired the Board of the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency
  • Directed a municipal law department
 
The Political Process:
  • Elected to the New Jersey State Legislature for three terms (resigned in third term to join Governor's Cabinet)
  • Was the State Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (Gubernatorial Cabinet position; first and only African Woman to head this $700 million agency)
  • Have taught Urban Politics and Public Policy
 
The Legal Process:
  • Have a law degree
  • Have a doctorate in criminal justice
  • Practiced law in New Jersey beginning in 1978
  • Owned my own law office for approximately 13 years
 
Policy-Making:
  • Successfully sponsored first Family Leave Law in nation while a member of the New Jersey State Legislature
  • Successfully increased the minimum wage in New Jersey (prime bill sponsor)
  • Successfully passed legislation requiring insurance companies to pay for women to have mammograms based upon American Cancer Society's schedule
  • Successfully passed legislation allowing senior to have pets in senior housing
  • Successfully passed many other laws as a legislator
  • Co-taught students at 6 Florida universities about the over-representation of minority youth in the Florida juvenile justice system and prepared them to present testimony before a panel of state and federal legislators.
 
 
 
 
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