Legal Barriers for Returning Citizens

Fact: Most states allow employers to deny jobs to people who were arrested but never convicted of a crime.

Fact: Most states allow employers to deny jobs to anyone with a criminal record, regardless of how long ago or the individual’s work history or personal circumstances.

Fact: Most states ban some or all people with felony drug convictions from being eligible for federally funded public assistance and food stamps.

Fact: Most states make criminal history information accessible to the general public through the Internet.

Fact: Many public housing authorities deny eligibility for federally assisted housing based on arrests (not necessarily convictions).

Fact: All but two states restrict the right to vote in some way for people with criminal convictions.

Source: After Prison: Roadblocks to Rentry, Legal Action Center

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