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"Locked in, locked out: Re-entry after incarceration and the Clean Slate Act," by Kaitlin Pearson, WBNG, November 18, 2021
"They Wanted to Foster Their Great-Grandson. Why Did New York Say No?," by Andy Newman, New York Times, November 10, 2021
"Delaware governor signs automatic record-clearing law," by John Reynolds and Jon Offredo, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, November 10, 2021
"People leaving Illinois prisons will get state ID cards," Associated Press, November 06, 2021
"11th Circuit rejects Black women’s challenge to Florida felon voting law," by Kayla Goggin, Courthouse News Service, October 18, 2021
"America Needs Drug Counselors, But Some People Are Banned From The Occupation For Life," by Andrew Wimer, Forbes, October 13, 2021
"Opinion: When It Costs $53,000 to Vote," by Jesse Wegman and Damon Winter, New York Times, October 08, 2021
"Formerly incarcerated people can still vote in Missouri. This KC group shows them how.," by Celisa Calacal, The Kansas City Beacon, September 27, 2021
"Metro board scuttles vote on its contentious proposal to ban people for sex crime arrests," by Justin George, Washington Post, September 23, 2021
"How our laws block people from turning their lives around," by Javier Mabrey, Colorado Newsline, September 22, 2021
"When fines and fees ruin lives," by Andrea Riquier, MarketWatch, September 23, 2021
"Customs & Border Protection ordered to disclose social media surveillance rules," by Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News Service, September 22, 2021
"Full Fifth Circuit hears challenge to Mississippi felony voting ban," by Sabrina Canfield, Courthouse News Service, September 22, 2021
"The Media and the 'Right to be Forgotten'," by Nancy Bilyeau, The Crime Report, September 10, 2021
"A new employee’s criminal history could raise questions from the public. Here’s how to respond.," by Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, September 02, 2021