A bipartisan group of civil rights, advocacy, and business organizations, including CCRC, are calling on Congress to take immediate action to remove barriers based on arrest or conviction history for small business owners seeking COVID-19 federal relief. This is an issue we have been covering in depth in recent posts. This call to action—available in PDF and reprinted below—is issued by the following organizations (with additional sign-ons welcome; contact us here):
American Civil Liberties Union
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Collateral Consequences Resource Center
College & Community Fellowship
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Drug Policy Alliance
Georgia Justice Project
Interfaith Action for Human Rights
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana
Justice Action Network
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Main Street Alliance
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Employment Law Project
Out For Justice
Public Interest Law Center
Reproductive Justice Inside
Root & Rebound
Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Women Against Registry
*Note: the letter was originally issued on April 10 and was last updated on April 17.
The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is pleased to announce that the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) has joined as a partner in our Restoration of Rights Project (RRP). The APA is a membership organization of elected and appointed prosecutors whose mission is to provide training and technical assistance to prosecutors in the United States, and to facilitate collaboration with criminal justice partners on emerging issues related to the administration of justice. APA President and CEO David LaBahn participated in the roundtable on non-conviction records held in August at the University of Michigan Law School, a project that relies heavily on the state law research in the RRP. The RRP’s other partner organizations are the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and National HIRE Network.
The RRP describes current U.S. law and practice concerning restoration of rights and record relief following arrest or conviction in the 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and federal system, in three formats: summaries of every jurisdiction, detailed profiles of each jurisdiction, and 50-state comparison charts. Topics include sealing and expungement, employment and licensing, pardons, voting, jury service, public office, and firearms rights. People visit the RRP more than 1,000 times every day looking for information about ways to alleviate the burdens of a criminal record.
We are very excited to have this respected national prosecutor organization as a partner in the RRP enterprise, to help bring the RRP’s resources to the prosecutor community, along with a greater awareness of the need for and availability of mechanisms to mitigate the collateral consequences of arrest and conviction. We look forward to the new perspectives the APA can bring to bear as we work to expand the RRP and make it more useful to all those interested in restoration of rights and record relief.