City Bar Justice Center Launches Re-Entry Initiative
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
- City Bar Justice Center
The City Bar Justice Center is launching an exciting new initiative to provide legal services and information to persons with criminal records to assist their re-entry into society. According to the NYSBA's recent report "Re-Entry and Reintegration: The Road to Public Safety", one in three Americans has some sort of criminal history. As of 2003, nearly six million adults in New York State had criminal records. Regardless of whether these people have been charged with a crime and never convicted or have been convicted of and served a period of incarceration, they face a myriad of collateral and hidden consequences that can adversely affect every aspect of their lives: economic opportunities, family rights, immigration status, housing, employment, and civil rights. Nor does this just affect those with serious felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions and even mere arrests can result in devastating consequences.
The Re-Entry Project will provide legal services to persons with criminal records who are victims of the civil consequences of having a criminal record, including reviewing and correcting rap sheets, assisting with filing for Certificates of Relief from Disabilities (CRD), or Certificates of Good Conduct (CGC), and representing clients at hearings challenging denials of public housing applications based on past criminal convictions.
To raise awareness of these issues, the Justice Center is sponsoring a Re-Entry Forum on Wednesday, October 18th from 3:00 to 6:00 with a wine and cheese reception to follow. See below for program details:
President, New York City Bar
Author & Contributing Editor, Newsweek Magazine
Director, Prisoner Re-Entry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Professor of Law, Re-Entry Clinic, New York University Law School
Co-Director, National HIRE Network, Legal Action Center
First Assistant District Attorney, Kings County
CRIMINAL JUSTICE 101: RAP SHEET REVIEWS AND CERTIFICATES OF RELIEF
Project Director & Supervising Attorney, Civil Action Project, The Bronx Defenders and Director, Reentry Net
CIVIL CONSEQUENCES OF A CRIMINAL RECORD AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM
Legal Director, Legal Action Center
DENIALS OF APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING
Director, Legal Clinic for the Homeless, City Bar Justice Center
To register, please send an email to Sara Chang at email@example.com by Friday, October 13th.