Our mission is to help reduce recidivism and crime by creating opportunities for rehabilitated ex-offenders to rebuild their lives, support their families.
Even an individual with a minor record can face upwards of 40,000 collateral consequences due to an increasing number of laws that limit access to employment, entrepreneurship, occupational licenses, credit, housing, education and other opportunities. Nearly half of U.S. children now have at least one parent with a criminal record. Due to the difficulties of obtaining employment, housing or education, a parent’s record could hold back his or her whole family by negatively impacting children’s cognitive development, housing stability, school performance and even employment outcomes in adulthood.
In the digital era, even a minor criminal record can be a life sentence to poverty and joblessness that no judge ever handed down. While most states allow at least some records to be cleared, to allow people to move on with their lives and provide for their families, it’s long past time policymakers brought record-clearing to the federal level.