Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Last month, to coincide with Second Chances Month, the Brookings-AEI Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform issued a report, A better path forward for criminal justice: Training and employment for correctional populations.  Brookings and AEI are often at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but they teamed up to create a working group for thought… Continue reading Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

CDIA letter to the editor published on residential screening

On Sunday, Aug. 20, the San Antonio Express published CDIA’s letter to the editor, Background checks keep renters safe.  CDIA’s letter was in response to Peggy O’Hare’s Aug. 5 article, “Tenants’ criminal histories pose potential legal snag for housing providers”.  The Aug. 5 article over-simplified a complicated issue and CDIA needed to correct the record. … Continue reading CDIA letter to the editor published on residential screening

CDIA Comments to the USCCR

As we have noted before, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights had dipped its toe in to the area of criminal background checks .  The Commission jumped in to the fray again with a recent announcement and public briefing on May, Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption, and the Effects on Communities.  We noted before… Continue reading CDIA Comments to the USCCR

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