Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences

Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity

In August 2018, NACDL hosted its 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and 2nd Annual Presidential Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The Conference examined the destructive effect that a vast network of penalties, debarments, and disabilities following a criminal conviction has on the millions of people who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. [Released June 2019]


The conference also explored the disparate impact that these collateral consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the conference highlighted the groundbreaking work that is helping people break free from the shackles while providing a roadmap for national reform. NACDL now releases its report on that conference.


NACDL's 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and 2nd Annual Presidential Summit
August 23-25, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Conference Agenda | Speaker Biographies | Suggested Materials 

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Videos of the presentations at the conference are provided below and are on NACDL's YouTube channel.




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Faith-Based Conversation

This discussion explored how the faith-based community can partner with other communities to achieve progressive criminal justice reforms. In addition, they covered how the faith community can shape policy in a progressive way via protest action, letter-writing, legislative advocacy, etc.  The discussion also explored the ideas of redemption and forgiveness in the form of political, economic, and social justice policies. 

Video of this conversation is not available. 

Screening of the Sundance Audience Award “The Sentence” followed by a panel discussion

“The Sentence” tells the story of Cynthia “Cindy” Shank, whose incarceration propels her brother to document via film Cindy’s daughters as they grow up without her. The story further explores the family bond Cindy maintains with her parents, siblings, and children through her brother’s relentless advocacy. It culminates with efforts to seek clemency for Cindy via Clemency Project 2014, an Obama Administration and NACDL initiative. 

Video of this panel is not available.