National Advocacy

Nationally, nearly one in three adults has a criminal record.  More than 2.2 million people are in jail or prison.  Nearly 4.7 million people are on probation or parole.

For these six-plus million people, their punishment is not limited to the court’s sentence.

A criminal record can produce a lifetime of barriers and exclusions, often called collateral consequences.  It can lead to voting disenfranchisement, and prevent a person from getting housing, healthcare, education, and employment.  One record can hurt an entire family.

According to the American Bar Association, there are at least 48,000 laws that restrict the lives of people with a record.  That’s 48,000 ways that society gets in the way of redemption and personal transformation.  We can no longer accept these discriminatory laws and policies that damage our communities.