This paper from the Community Corrections Collaborative Network seeks to identify and dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system.
Myth: Individuals cannot obtain a copy of or challenge an Identity History Summary, often referred to as a criminal history record or “rap sheet.”
Fact: The FBI is authorized to issue copies of FBI Identification Records to subjects of the records upon request.
Myth: It is not possible for incarcerated individuals to get out of default or avoid defaulting on their federal student loans.
Fact: If an incarcerated individual is not in default on their federal student loans they could be eligible for one of the income-driven repayment plans.
This brief from the American Probation and Parole Association and the Council of State Governments addresses the misperceptions around information sharing between health service providers and criminal justice agencies.
MYTH: Transfer of individual student education information from local school systems to juvenile justice agencies is prohibited by FERPA.
FACT: FERPA allows educational institutions and agencies to disclose student’s education records, without parental consent, as long as certain conditions are met.
The Reentry MythBuster Series from the Federal Interagency Reentry Council is intended to clarify federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. To view a PDF of the MythBusters in this series, click here.
MYTH: When police arrest parents, they must call child protective services to make decisions about the children’s placement.
FACT: At the time of their arrest, parents can make decisions regarding placement of their children.
MYTH: Incarcerated individuals cannot get a replacement Social Security card unless they have a current drivers’ license or United States passport.
FACT: The Social Security Administration can issue a replacement card for many inmates nearing release even if they do not have a current drivers’ license or U.S. passport.
MYTH: Child welfare agencies do not need to plan family reunification for children in foster care if they have incarcerated parents.
FACT: Child welfare agencies should make efforts to involve parents in planning for children in foster care, even if the parents are incarcerated.
MYTH: When parents are incarcerated, their children lose eligibility for Medicaid.
FACT: Many children remain eligible or gain eligibility for Medicaid coverage while their parents are incarcerated.