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Fines and Fees Are a Barrier to Criminal Record-Clearing Article
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Fines and Fees Are a Barrier to Criminal Record-Clearing

Jurisdictions can take several steps to eliminate the financial barriers imposed by fines and fees, which would help system-impacted individuals clear their records and reenter society.

Gus Tupper, Akua Amaning, Jaboa Lake

A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Be a Life Sentence to Poverty Report
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A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Be a Life Sentence to Poverty

Bipartisan momentum for clean slate and fair chance licensing policies—which remove barriers to economic opportunity for people facing the stigma of a criminal record—has grown significantly in the states in recent years.

Rebecca Vallas, Sharon Dietrich, Beth Avery

Criminal Records Create Cycles of Multigenerational Poverty Article
A 6-year-old boy hugs his father, an inmate at a correctional center in Burlington, Colorado, June 2016. (Getty/Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Criminal Records Create Cycles of Multigenerational Poverty

The collateral consequences of having a criminal record create barriers and restrict opportunities for families across generations—policy solutions must be comprehensive and multigenerational.

Jaboa Lake

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