Prison Policy Initiative Publishes Paper

We agree with the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) when it says that former inmates need stability for successful reintegration in to American society, and we also agree with PPI when it says that that stability includes a reliable job.  Where CDIA and PPI part company is in PPI’s assertion of a widespread hiring biases against former inmates. … Continue reading Prison Policy Initiative Publishes Paper

American Law Institute takes on collateral consequences

Similar to the Uniform Law Commission, of which you are all familiar, the American Law Institute is, according to its website, “the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.”  The ALI will shortly be approving an amendment to its Model Penal Code (MPC) to include a… Continue reading American Law Institute takes on collateral consequences

U.S. Civil Rights Commission may enter the fray again on employment screening

In an earlier blog posting, we noted the work of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on criminal background checks.  The Commission may be jumping in to the fray again with a recent announcement that it will conduct a public briefing on May 19, Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption, and the Effects on… Continue reading U.S. Civil Rights Commission may enter the fray again on employment screening

CDIA as a Panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences

In Feb. 2015, CDIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs, Eric J. Ellman, was a panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences.  The Washington, D.C. summit was sponsored by the American Bar Association and the National Institute of Justice.  Eric’s panel, Criminal Records in the Digital Age, was a lively discussion that included… Continue reading CDIA as a Panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences

Benefits and Challenges to Hiring Ex-Convicts: A Conversation in Atlanta

The Justice Center of the Council of State Governments (CSG) highlighted a conference in Atlanta, Reducing the Risk of a Criminal Record: The Employer’s Perspective. At this conference state leaders and business executives convened to address barriers to employment faced by individuals with criminal records, and to discuss strategies for improving employment outcomes. The Justice… Continue reading Benefits and Challenges to Hiring Ex-Convicts: A Conversation in Atlanta

Over-Criminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee

On June 26, 2014, the Over-Criminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on collateral consequences. There were two witnesses: Rick Jones, Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (testimony); and Mathias H. Heck, Jr., Prosecuting Attorney, Montgomery County (Ohio.) for the American Bar… Continue reading Over-Criminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee