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Community Justice

Issues and Challenges

  • Man with clipboardMillions of people in the United States--a disproportionate number of whom are people of color--have criminal records, which are often due to unequal application of laws and local, state, and federal "tough on crime" approaches to social and health problems.
  • Public and private entities use criminal records to deny employment, entry into professions, and rental housing.

Policy Agenda

  • Advance laws and policies to replace broad criminal-record barriers to and open opportunities for employment, professional licensing, and housing.
  • Improve the accurate collection and appropriate dissemination of criminal records by government and private agencies.
  • Educate the public about the Civil Rights Act's Title VII limits on using criminal records in employment decisions, and enforce Title VII.
  • Advocate policies to improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and reduce collateral consequences of conviction, including incarceration-related debt.
  • Promote health care instead of using prisons to tackle behavioral issues.

Community Justice

Community Justice

Millions of Americans are burdened with criminal records that prevent them from participating fully in family, community, and economic life. These burdens fall disproportionately on minorities, leaving many impoverished and with few options.

Community Justice

Millions of Americans are burdened with criminal records that prevent them from participating fully in family, community, and economic life. These burdens fall disproportionately on minorities, leaving many impoverished and with few options.

Community justice lawyers at the Shriver Center advocate for laws and policies that increase access to employment, education, health care, housing, and income supports and against laws and policies that irrationally limit such access.

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