Yes, according to a paper co-authored by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., — but that means changing the “notion of what their jobs entail” to include working for expanded prisoner education and improved reentry strategies, as well as sentence reform.
A new lawsuit by former prisoners and the ACLU contests a law requiring former inmates to pay fees and fines before they can cast votes under an initiative restoring the right to vote for 1.4 million people.
The Housing Authority of New Orleans shortened the length of an applicant’s past that would be subject to a criminal background check and created a process for interviewing applicants on a case-by-case basis. Only one applicant has been denied in three years.
More than 10,000 regulations restrict people with criminal records from obtaining occupational licenses, says an American Bar Association database. The restrictions are defended as a way to protect the public. Critics say rules often are arbitrary and ambiguous.
At job fairs for 5,000 positions being offered by Fiat Chrysler ahead of a plant expansion, Detroit residents are getting assistance through Project Clean Slate to clear their records of old criminal offenses.
Soon after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill setting conditions on a voter-approved constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million people with felony convictions, three groups joined in a lawsuit challenging the measure.
A program launched by Convergence, a Washington DC nonprofit, proposes working with incarcerated individuals before they leave prison to provide the skills and counseling they need to become productive citizens in society.
Two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School argue that the criminal justice system should publicly acknowledge and celebrate cases where those who have been convicted of a crime show remorse and atone for their behavior.