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.


Community Justice Programs Face New Pressure in Health Crisis

As more inmates are released to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, community social-service providers worry that many “don’t have anywhere to go,” a videoconference on COVID-19’s impact on programs that help the formerly incarcerated find employment, health counseling and educational opportunities was told.


COVID-19 Behind Bars: Release Can Be ‘Lethal’ Without Help

Even in the best of times, many jurisdictions fail to provide adequate resources to give formerly incarcerated people the help they need. The coronavirus crisis has made addressing that failure even more critical, write two researchers.

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Does an Arrest Record Disqualify Business Owners From COVID-19 Disaster Relief?

The Small Business Administration has imposed broad and arbitrary restrictions on access to disaster relief for small business owners during the national health crisis based on arrest or conviction history. The restrictions were neither required nor contemplated by Congress, and they run counter to the agency’s own guidelines, argues the Center for Collateral Consequences.