Reentry Publications

Justice Center Publications

The Consideration of Criminal Records in Occupational Licensing

The Consideration of Criminal Records in Occupational Licensing

This factsheet, produced by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the National Employment Law Project, is designed to serve as an informational outline for policymakers and other stakeholders who want to learn more about obstacles that individuals with criminal records face when seeking employment due to state occupational licensing policies.

External Publications

REDFWorkshop.org: A Resource for Social Enterprises

REDFWorkshop.org: A Resource for Social Enterprises

This web resource from REDF features 8 different social enterprises in Chicago, Detroit, and Denver that have at least two things in common: they craft high quality products and employ individuals who are considered hard-to-employ, including individuals with criminal records.

Guidance for Public Housing Agencies and Owners of Federally Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions

Guidance for Public Housing Agencies and Owners of Federally Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions

This is an updated public housing arrests guide from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Written for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), it outlines that arrest records may not be the basis for denying admission, terminating assistance or evicting tenants; and reiterates that HUD does not require PHAs and owners to adopt “One Strike” policies.

Advancing Racial Equity and Transforming Government: A Resource Guide

Advancing Racial Equity and Transforming Government: A Resource Guide

This resource guide from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity provides information on how jurisdictions can employ comprehensive strategies to normalize conversations about race, operationalize new policies and organizational cultures, and organize to achieve racial equity.

Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance

Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance

Federal social assistance programs, including TANF, SNAP, and federal housing assistance programs, have an restrictions on eligibility based on drug felonies and other criminal records. This report from the Congressional Research Service provides an overview and discussion of these restrictions and their impact. In addition, it also discusses the use of drug testing in federal assistance programs.