POLICY PLATFORM: END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE
END THE USE OF PAST CRIMINAL HISTORY
Ene the use of past criminal history to determine eligibility for houseing, education, licenses, voting, loans, employment, and other services and needs
Over 73 million people—or one in three people in the U.S.—currently have a record of past criminal history, triggering dozens of collateral consequences affecting access to education, employment and professional licenses, housing, social services and benefits, parental and adoption rights, freedom of movement, and voting rights. Given profound racial disparities at every stage of the criminal punishment system, Black people are disproportionately affected by these restrictions and exclusions
Eliminate restrictions and exclusions on access to housing, education, employment, social programs and benefits, voting rights, parental rights, and other civil rights based on prior criminal convictions.
KEY FEDERAL LEGISLATION
- Ban the Box/Fair Chance legislation applying to employment, housing, licensing, and educational opportunities, including federal financial aid.
- Repeal federal, state, and local bans on receipt of social assistance based on prior convictions.
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