Date(s) - 10/29/2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Remote via Webinar
Session One – Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, Collateral Consequences and Barriers to Second Chances
Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested. Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted. Once convicted, they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences. Moreover, there are drastic racial disparities in the enforcement of laws, judiciary proceedings and treatment within and beyond the criminal justice system. When an individual is arrested or convicted of a crime, they face a vast web of laws and policies, including court-imposed fees and fines. For many who are low income, these function as permanent punishments – barriers that limit human rights and restrict access to crucial resources needed to re-build lives.
Presenters in this session will discuss the collateral consequences of criminal justice system involvement, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. They will also assist as we begin to explore how the legal community can advocate for change, including through policy efforts and by providing direct service to low income individuals seeking expungement of criminal records (see session below on criminal expungement basics).