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Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption, and the Effects on Communities

U.S. Commission on Civil RightsThis report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights provides an overview of relevant data related to how collateral consequences impact people with criminal records and outlines key recommendations for Congress that would help ensure Americans are able to access the rights to which they are entitled. These includes: tailoring collateral consequences to serve public safety; having policymakers avoid punitive mandatory consequences that impede people convicted of crimes from safely reentering their communities; and ensuring jurisdictions that impose collateral consequences periodically review the consequences imposed by law or regulation to evaluate whether they are necessary to protect public safety.