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Criminal Records

Juvenile Records Create Major Hurdles, Says Study

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The United States has no national standard for how juvenile records are dealt with, and no states earned a five-star rating from the Juvenile Law Center, a national public interest law firm that ensures child welfare.

Colleges Pressured By Feds To Ban The Box

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.09.2016 | College

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education urged colleges and universities on Monday to remove obstacles that can keep the 70 million Ame...

Attorney General Requests Nation's Governors Issue Valid IDs to Released Prisoners

Laura Goldman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama has become serious about criminal justice reform. The Department of Justice declared April 24-30 as ...

Criminal records create more than financial barriers to higher education

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Data shows education to be one of the most effective ways to keep people out of prison or from returning to prison. Unfortunately, many college applic...

Broadly Excluding Workers With Criminal Records Is Bad News For The Economy

Mark L. O'Brien | Posted 01.14.2016 | Business
Mark L. O'Brien

When our sentences end, people with criminal records are expected to return home and begin to support our families and selves. When I got out of jail, I started the hard work of rebuilding. I applied to over 60 jobs, but nobody would hire me. Broadly excluding workers with criminal records makes no sense.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

Stateline | Rebecca Beitsch | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

High Hurdle to College for Ex-Offenders

WNYC | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
WNYC

But advocates say such incidents are an exception and most people who have run-ins with the criminal justice system don't go to college to commit crime. Elected officials are starting to pay attention to that argument.

How A Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life

Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices

Luis Rivera had some peace of mind for about five months, from late fall of 2010 through early spring of the following year. That’s the closest thin...

Jailed Without Criminal Record

The Columbus Dispatch | Posted 07.15.2013 | Latino Voices

It was just before sunrise when federal immigration agents cut off Alejandro Ibarra on the West Side as he drove to work. After the undocumented im...

NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

Jim Luce | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State -- with the fifth highes...

Ban the Box in Newark

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Ashley Williams According to the National Employment Law Center (NELP), about 65 million -- or one in four -- adults in this country have a crimi...

Paying The Price: Twice

Diane Dimond | Posted 12.14.2011 | Crime
Diane Dimond

I'm all about law and order and people doing the time for the crimes they commit. But once time has been served -- especially if it's for a non-violent offense -- we need to welcome these people back into the fold.

Expunging Criminal Records Just Got Easier In Cook County

The Chicago Reporter | Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

In the United States, one in every four people has a criminal record. Those records can be haunting. If you have something in your past that you're...

Reducing Recidivism: The Challenge of Successful Prisoner Re-Entry

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Programs won't ever reduce recidivism to zero, but if we can reduce it and improve the lives of offenders and potential victims, we must.

Fixing the Fiasco of the NYPD's Marijuana Arrests

Jesse Levine | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

Two New York State legislators have proposed a simple, effective legislative fix to New York City's 15-year marijuana arrest craze that would strike from the law the misdemeanor for marijuana possession of less than an ounce.

Janell Ross

Criminal Background Checks Upend Job Search For Some Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

First, the college sent a letter. It welcomed Curtis Andrews, Ed.D, Ph.D, to its adjunct faculty. A few days later, the emails about faculty orien...

'No Priors' Hiring All-Too Common In Chicago

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A job advertisement posted on Chicago Craigslist last November by a temporary staffing company sought entry-level employees to work for two different ...

Judges Without Gavels: The Life Sentence of Economic Hardship Imposed on Individuals Who Have Been Incarcerated

Todd Belcore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Todd Belcore

Even after an individual has paid their debt to society, society, without the authority granted by a gavel, functionally imposes a life sentence of economic hardship on those who have been incarcerated.

A Victory for Survivors of Trafficking in New York State

Sienna Baskin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sienna Baskin

August 13 marked a victory for survivors of commercial sex trafficking, when New York's Governor David Paterson signed a bill allowing them to clear their records of prostitution-related crimes

Pardon Doesn't Clear Convict's Record: Court

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governors can issue pardons but they can't automatically clear a convict's criminal record, according to a new Illinois Supreme Court ruling. The rul...