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April 2007 , Page 41 

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State Legislative Affairs

By Scott Ehlers

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Collateral Consequences

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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