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State Legislative Affairs
By Scott Ehlers
SLN News columns.
Nation: ABA Passes Resolution to Reduce Collateral Sanctions, Improve Re-Entry
At its February meeting, the American Bar Association’s House of
Delegates endorsed a number of policies that would expand alternatives
to incarceration, reduce the collateral consequences of a conviction,
and improve re-entry of ex-offenders into the community. The policy
recommendations were developed by the ABA’s Commission on Effective
Criminal Sanctions, which was formed to develop a broad consensus among
prosecutors, defenders, judges, and academics about “what can and should
be done to reduce reliance on incarceration and to reduce recidivism.”
The commission held hearings around the country and heard from criminal
justice officials from many states. The recommendations have been
endorsed by NACDL, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and
the National District Attorneys Association.
To follow up on its recommendations, the commission will host
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