‘I Lost My Mom to the Justice System for 15 Years’

Every year, more than one million women cycle in and out of the U.S. justice system . Messiah Rhodes’ mom was one of them. In a chat with TCR, Rhodes discusses his new documentary exploring the roadblocks to preventing recidivism for incarcerated women—and the success stories of those, like his mother, who managed to “break the cycle.”

Our Nation is Fragmented Over Criminal Record Relief: Report

A report released Tuesday found that each state is operating independently when it comes to handling criminal record relief through expungement, sealing, and set-aside laws. Because of the vast differences, sometimes the state a crime was committed in is the key variable determining if a person can be freed of their criminal record in the future.

How the ‘Collateral Consequences’ of Conviction Can Last a Lifetime

Millions of Americans with criminal records are stymied from leading normal lives because of state and federal statutes that can bar them from getting certain jobs, finding housing or exercising their right to vote. A Rutgers scholar says some of the barriers are coming down, and there’s reason to hope that the process will continue. 


Trauma ‘A Way of Life’ for Returning Citizens

Nearly 50 percent of former inmates experienced a traumatic event in the eight months after they were released, according to a recent Florida State University study. Citing ex-inmates’ trauma and lack of support systems, the authors believe change is long overdue.