This week in the news: Read about the new studies said to be shaping justice system reform, how Congress is considering a new bipartisan bill that would allow individuals who are incarcerated access to Pell Grants, additional roadblocks to the First Step Act, racial disparities in Baltimore’s justice system, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 26, 2019”
April is Second Chance Month and, with that, we celebrate the important role legal aid organizations and public defense providers can play in helping people with criminal records. There are tens of thousands civil collateral consequences of having a criminal record, such as having to disclose prior convictions on job applications, difficulty securing an occupational license, or losing one’s drivers’ license. Receiving legal services can help stabilize housing and reduce barriers to employment for the almost 75 million, or one-in-three, American adults facing these consequences.
Continue reading “Civil Legal Aid Offers a Second Chance and Keeps Americans Working”
This week in the news: Read about the benefits of expungement, how more areas in the United States are turning to drug courts, what the US Department of Justice is doing to make sure opioids are responsibly distributed, and how juvenile justice systems in the country are working to give youth a second chance.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 19, 2019”
In 2014, Tracey Jones celebrated ten years working at the same daycare center. There is no question that Tracey is meant to work with children. Walk down Courtlandt Avenue with her, and you will hear kids yelling, “Hi, Miss Tracey!” When she hears the greeting, she stops what she’s doing and opens her arms. She scoops them up, remembers their names, the last time she babysat them, and in a few cases, the last time she babysat their parents.
Continue reading “Vacatur: Whose Second Chance Is It Anyway?”
This week in the news: Read about the legislation put out by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and US Senator Cory Booker in honor of Second Chances Month meant to ease the barriers to re-entry, the voting rights that could be in jeopardy, and the objections raised over president Trump’s top pick for the No. 2 post at the Department of Justice.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 12, 2019”
I first learned about the issues that can arise with the over-consumption of alcohol in a freshmen seminar in college. Before that, I had no formal introduction or training on the negative consequences that can result from drinking and driving. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Impaired (DWI) are increasingly becoming a national issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 48 minutes in 2017.”1 People who are proven guilty of DUI/DWI can then end up in treatment courts.
Continue reading “Offering Support and a Chance at Recovery”
This week in the news: Read the president’s remarks from the 2019 Prison Reform Summit, how the Right to Counsel program is affecting New York City tenants, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 5, 2019”
It’s finally spring and April – a month our criminal justice community has dedicated as Second Chance Month. At JPO, we join our community in bringing attention to the importance of second chances and the need to ensure that those impacted by the criminal justice system gain opportunities to restore their voting rights, find employment, get a driver’s license, have their record(s) expunged, and more. Continue reading “Spring is a Time for Renewal and for Second Chances”