The consequences of a criminal conviction do not end with the completion of the sentence. This reading group will explore the vast web of "collateral" consequences faced by people with criminal records, which include loss of government benefits, occupational restrictions, registration and notification requirements, residency restrictions, deportation, social stigma, and disadvantages in private employment and housing markets. We will also examine other legal and policy tools (from traditional parole supervision to recent innovations in the "reentry" field) that seek to manage the transition of former prisoners into the community and reduce recidivism rates. Readings will include a mixture of case law (addressing legal challenges to collateral-consequence policies) and social science literature.
Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 3/12, 4/2, and 4/23.