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Race + Criminal Legal System: Collateral Consequences (pt 1)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM
Join NACDL for its continued series examining issues at the intersection of race and the criminal legal system. In celebration of Second Chance Month (April!), NACDL will host a discussion on race and collateral consequences.
As Michelle Alexander observed in The New Jim Crow, “It is legal today to discriminate against individuals with criminal records in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of education opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal.” Much like the Jim Crow Laws that relegated African Americans to a permanent and multi-generational underclass, collateral consequences stemming from criminal convictions have decimated entire communities. The vast array of collateral consequences imposed on those with criminal records has disproportionately impacted people of color. This is largely caused by disproportionate contacts with the criminal justice system, such as more aggressive policing and prosecution of communities of color.
This webinar will feature Cynthia Roseberry, Deputy Director for the National Policy Advocacy Department for the ACLU (moderator); Rob DeLeon, Vice President of Programs for The Fortune Society; David Singleton, Executive Director for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center; and Quintin Williams, Program Officer for the Justice Reform Program at The Joyce Foundation.