My good friend, Margaret Hawkins, head of DARSOL, sent me this article. It is too long for me to edit and print here, but it is EXCELLENT, and if you care about reentry, YOU should read through it!
The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is a nonprofit organization established in 2014 to promote public engagement on the myriad issues raised by the collateral consequences of arrest or conviction. Collateral consequences are the legal restrictions and societal stigma that burden people with a criminal record long after their criminal case is closed. The Center provides news and commentary about this dynamic area of the law, and a variety of research and practice materials aimed at legal and policy advocates, courts, scholars, lawmakers, and those most directly affected by criminal justice involvement.
Through our Restoration of Rights Project (RRP) we describe and analyze the various laws and practices relating to restoration of rights and criminal record relief in each U.S. jurisdiction. In addition to these state by state profiles, a series of 50– state comparison charts and periodic reports on new enactments make it possible to see national patterns and emerging trends in formal efforts to mitigate the adverse impact of a criminal record. We have recently begun consulting in support of state law reform efforts, and in 2019 organized a successful effort to develop model law on access to and use of non-conviction records. In addition, we participate in court cases challenging specific collateral consequen ces, and engage with social media and journalists on these issues. For more information, visit the CCRC website at http://ccresourcecenter.org .