Even after felons complete their sentences, pay their fines and serve probation, they must wait at least five years to ask the state to restore their rights, and that can take a decade or more. Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet consider several hundred cases a year, but the backlog is 20,000.
Four organizations partner to publish profiles of how each jurisdiction in the U.S. handles the loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms rights, judicial and executive mechanisms for avoiding or mitigating “collateral consequences,” and provisions addressing non-discrimination in employment and licensing.
State senate unanimously passes a measure that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years in which an individual was crime-free. Records of arrests that did not result in conviction also would be sealed.
A redesigned New York City program aimed at helping at-risk youth learn work ethics and job skills while performing community service in their neighborhoods helped divert hundreds of young people from further involvement in the justice system, says a report released June 28.
A report issued last week by the American Civil Liberties Union implores the business community to put people with criminal records– that’s one-third of adults in the U.S.– back to work, for the good of the economy.
Carol Richardson of Texas was one of a record 1,715 inmates whose sentences were commuted by former President Obama. She has been ordered back to prison after her arrest for theft and violating her terms of release.
Many of the patients at the 95-bed facility near Hartford are parolees. It recently won approval for federal nursing home funding, which could offer a significant new option for states looking for affordable ways to care for growing populations of older and sicker inmates.