April is Second Chance Month, where organizations from around the country raise awareness of the need to reduce barriers that keep formerly incarcerated individuals from successfully rejoining society.
At least 65 million Americans have some form of a criminal record and therefor potentially face an onslaught of collateral consequences – specific legal restrictions, generalized discrimination, and social stigma – leading to barriers to employment , occupational licensing, housing, education, public benefits, immigration status, parental rights, driving rights and voting rights.
Research has shown that the ability to earn a living is the best way to keep someone from committing another crime. However, the excessive barriers confronting those with a criminal conviction make the task of being able to provide for oneself and family nearly impossible. Giving people the opportunity to move beyond a criminal record not only enhances public safety, but also saves money.
Help NACDL reduce the collateral consequences for people with a criminal record by contacting your legislator today! Tell them to support Second Chance Month and reduce the barriers that keep formerly incarcerated individuals from successfully rejoining society.
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