Our mission is to help people whose lives are affected by their criminal history;
to give them hope and support, to aid in obtaining good jobs and housing.
Most offenders’ shackles do not disappear when they finish their sentences and walk out the prison gates. Instead, for the rest of their lives they endure the invisible punishments of their convictions: restrictions on employment, housing, civic involvement and voting, gun ownership, and even coaching sports. Many of these restrictions have no relation to the ex-offenders’ crimes, but are part of blanket barriers to opportunities.
Across the country, racial minorities are more likely to be barred from voting because of felony convictions, reform advocates say. Blacks made up 12.6 percent of the U.S. population in 2010, but 37.9 percent of the more than 1.5 million people in federal and state prisons, according to data from the Census and the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Medieval “Civil Death”
Disenfranchisement laws in the U.S. are a vestige of medieval times when offenders were banished from the community and suffered ‘‘civil death.” Brought from Europe to the colonies, they gained new political salience at the end of the nineteenth century when disgruntled whites in a number of Southern states adopted them and other ostensibly race-neutral voting restrictions in an effort to exclude blacks from the vote.
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Have your civil rights been affected by your past felony conviction?
Has not being able to exercise these rights affected you in a negative way?
Let us help you restore them.