A former Alameda County Superior Court judge, Paul Seeman now works with groups focused on voter assistance and protection and legal system reform. Since 2019, Paul Seeman has served as co-chair of the education committee at the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP), a group of organizations and advocates working to build an effective reentry system for formerly incarcerated individuals.
According to recent statistics, approximately 10 million Americans each year return to their communities after spending time in state and federal prisons and local jails. Depending on their personal circumstances, these formerly incarcerated and convicted (FIC) individuals face a number of barriers related to finding housing, securing employment, and rebuilding relationships as they reintegrate into society.
Unfortunately, these barriers can be very difficult to overcome, and many members of the FIC community find themselves back behind prison walls. In fact, past studies have shown that as many as 83 percent, or five out of every six, former prisoners are arrested for new crimes within 9 years of their release. While these numbers are discouraging, the LARRP and similar groups nationwide are offering reentry programs to reduce recidivism and help FIC people find success and stability after incarceration.
Successful reentry programs provide pre-vocational support, job placement assistance, housing services, and mentoring. Many programs also offer education, health, and counseling services. More research is needed to determine what makes a reentry program effective, but a number of organizations across the country have shown that supporting the FIC community can cut recidivism rates and improve public safety while helping individuals rebuild their lives.
In addition to his practice, Seeman also served on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alameda County Court-Appointed Special Advocates Program and the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court.