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Arrested But Innocent? The Internet Still Thinks You're Guilty

Jason Tashea | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Jason Tashea

The Internet is failing 77 million Americans with a criminal record. If you are one of those Americans, you may have been arrested, but never charged with a crime, prosecuted, or found guilty. Still, your name appears in a criminal database potentially costing you a job, housing, or government services. This scarlet letter disproportionately plagues minority communities.

Why Eric Holder's New Clemency Guidelines Fall Short

Rick Collins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Rick Collins

As well-intentioned as Holder's clemency plan is, it falls short That's because releasing prisoners back into society where they are forced to live out the remainder of their lives as convicted felons is a recipe for failure.

The Importance of Second Chances

Rick Collins | Posted 09.07.2013 | Crime
Rick Collins

Everyone - including reformed ex-offenders who have paid their debt to society and are working hard to recover from mistakes made early on in their lives - is deserving of a second chance to become a productive, valued member of our society.

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.

Between a Rock and a Criminal Background Check

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

If a judge deems an ex-felon reformed enough to limit access to their criminal conviction, why should the Illinois State Police stand in the way?