The power of commutations is a ready-made tool to save lives, but officials need to actually use it.
Having a criminal record can be a life sentence to poverty, but some states and localities are implementing progressive policies to change that.
Young adults who have been disproportionately affected by America’s criminal justice system are in need of solutions to reduce the collateral consequences of a criminal record.
The collateral consequences of having a criminal record create barriers and restrict opportunities for families across generations—policy solutions must be comprehensive and multigenerational.
‘It Would Bring so Much Relief to so Many People:’ How Washington’s Clean Slate Legislation Could Give People a Second Chance
Carolina earned her second chance; Washington should let her have it.
With the passage of Michigan’s Clean Slate bill, people like Jarret could finally have a second chance.
As Pennsylvania’s historic Clean Slate Act takes effect, people like Keith will finally have their minor criminal records cleared so that they can have a second chance.
The Center for American Progress and partners gathered to discuss bipartisan clean slate legislation—policies to automatically clear certain criminal records and give people relief from discrimination.
States across the country are taking action to enact clean slate, a new bipartisan policy solution that uses technology to automatically clear criminal records and give people the second chance they’ve earned.
Voters overwhelmingly support clean slate legislation to automatically seal records for nonviolent crimes and marijuana possession. Support also crosses party and demographic lines for legalization of marijuana.
In honor of Second Chance Month, Prison Fellowship’s campaign to eliminate barriers to opportunity for justice-involved Americans, CAP is highlighting the range of approaches that cities have adopted to promote second chances for all of their residents.
In an effort to break the cycle of incarceration, mayors across the country have been working to reform the criminal justice system.
One Philadelphia resident explains how Pennsylvania's clean slate policies have given him a second chance at life outside of prison.
Mayors nationwide are resisting the Trump administration's "tough on crime" tactics in favor of smarter, fairer, and more effective public safety strategies.
While criminal justice reform may be stalled in Congress for now, red, blue, and purple states alike are moving forward with their own reforms.