Supporting Second Chances

CDIA values second chances. Too many people leave incarceration without the proper skills to reenter society. One company leading the way to help the formerly incarcerated have an easier reentry is JPMorgan Chase. The company said it will steer more than $7 million toward organizations that provide job- and life-skills training to the formerly incarcerated.… Continue reading Supporting Second Chances

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

CAP and More Than 25 Partners Launch National Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ Initiative to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records

The Center for American Progress has announced a “bipartisan criminal justice campaign known as ‘clean slate.’”  According to the announcement, “a diverse group of more than 25 groups from across the political spectrum [have come] together to launch” this national initiative.  This system, says CAP, “offers a technological solution: automated record-clearing for people who remain crime-free… Continue reading CAP and More Than 25 Partners Launch National Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ Initiative to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records

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

Expunge Your Record? There’s an App for That

As noted in a recent article in the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, “Baltimore lawyer Jason Tashea is hoping to make that process just a little easier.  Tashea, along with University of Maryland law student Jon Tippens, created ExpungeMaryland.org, a Web application to help people start to figure out whether their criminal records can be… Continue reading Expunge Your Record? There’s an App for That