Coalition partners are seeking to address the lifelong consequences of a criminal record. One in three American adults – as many as 100 million – has a criminal record. Further, 2.7 million children in America have a parent behind bars. As part of the Fair Chances campaign, we seek to:
- Educate and inform the public and policymakers on the critical need to reduce the impact of collateral consequences have on people with records, expand employment and education opportunities for people with records, and seal records when appropriate to encourage rehabilitation and reformation.
- Work to break down the barriers faced by those returning home after detention or incarceration so that they may become productive citizens. Support federal, state, and voluntary private business efforts to “ban the box” to prevent automatic or categorical disqualification for a job based on a person’s record.