This report by the Vera Institute of Justice provides information on legislation enacted from 2009–2014 in 41 states that allow individuals assistance in overcoming the collateral consequences of having a criminal record. Collateral consequences are legal and policy restrictions, penalties, and disadvantages that impede successful reentry and reintegration into society. Examples of such consequences include restrictions on employment and licensing, student financial assistance, welfare benefits, and public housing. The report also discusses limitations of current approaches, and offers recommendations to states and localities considering similar reforms.
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