The consequences of conviction – specific legal barriers, generalized discrimination, and social stigma – have become more numerous and severe, more public, and more permanent. The legal mechanisms relied on in the past to restore rights and status – pardons, expungements, certificates of good conduct -- have atrophied or become ineffective, with the result that a significant percentage of the American public is permanently consigned to second class citizenship.
NACDL is proud to have several projects aimed at examining the collateral consequences of these convictions. The goal is to provide policy recommendations and laud existing best practices that jurisdictions can engage in to effectively decrease the economic, political, and social stigmas associated with a criminal conviction.
"The country was built on the belief that each human being has
limitless potential and worth. Everybody matters. We believe that even
those who have struggled with a dark past can find brighter days ahead.
One way we act on that belief is by helping former prisoners who've paid
for their crimes -- we help them build new lives as productive members
of our society."
-- Former President, George W. Bush
NACDL's 2014 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, LA, March 5-8, 2014.
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