Internal Exile

“Internal Exile: Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Federal Laws and Regulations” released by the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions In January, 2009, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions released the study, “Internal Exile: Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Federal Laws and Regulations.” This study outlines the collateral consequences of a felony conviction arising under federal statutes and regulations. These consequences apply to felony convictions, or their equivalent, obtained in state, federal, and territorial courts, and in courts martial. The authors of the report note that these consequences generally do not apply to misdemeanors, juvenile adjudications, convictions in foreign jurisdictions, or in tribal courts, unless otherwise noted. This report covers the collateral consequences of federal laws and regulations, but does not address the collateral consequences arising from state laws and regulations or state-controlled federal benefits programs (public housing and welfare, for example). This report presents useful findings relevant to the criminal defense community and we would encourage practitioners to review it. The report can be found here .STG09720

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