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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

Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part 4

Fact: In Washington, D.C., the adult population is approximately 42% white and 47.6% African American – nearly equal.

Fact: The only category where whites made up a majority of arrests was in the “failure to disobey a lawful order” category of traffic arrests.

Fact: This category represents almost half of all white arrests per year, but only approximately 5% of total arrests in the District of Columbia annually.

Fact: The address for these arrests is commonly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (the White House).

Fact: In other words, nearly half of the total annual arrests of white people in Washington, D.C. occur during protests, when white people *want* to get arrested.

SourceRacial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part 2

Fact: In Washington, D.C., the adult population is approximately 42% white and 47.6% African American – nearly equal.

Fact: Wards with more African American residents witnessed far more arrests.

Fact: The majority of arrests were made in the five wards that are home to 9 out of 10 African Americans residents of the city. In all wards, African Americans made up a disproportionate number of arrests.

SourceRacial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Arrests in the Nation’s Capital, Part I

Fact: In Washington, D.C., the adult population is approximately 42% white and 47.6% African American – nearly equal.

Fact: From 2009-2011, more than 8 out of 10 arrests are of African Americans.

Fact: Police in Washington, D.C., arrest the equivalent of 17% of the adult African American population annually, and the equivalent of 30% of the adult male African American population annually.

Source: Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs