December 23, 2017
Mugshot publishing websites in Florida will be subject to new rules on July 1, 2018, but the first lawsuit has already been filed. Two of the biggest mugshot publishing websites have settled with the plaintiff in the Broward County case and provided the legal system with a preview of the litigation to come.
July 14, 2016
Everyone knows ex-cons who can't expunge their records aren't rich. The fact they started a fundraiser on behalf of kids in a juvenile detention facility was news enough. To see what happened when reddit found out about their efforts is just crazy.
June 21, 2016
Public housing was supposed to serve as a guarantee for all Americans that they will always be able to find a safe and sanitary home to live in so that they can focus on building their lives up from there. For those with a criminal record, that option is snatched from them. It is time for that to change.
December 13, 2015
Seattle has recently become a new hot-spot for the tech world, and with that, it is a new hot-spot for young, urban residents with a lot of money to spend on rent. It should be no surprise to any of us that in a housing market like that, those with criminal records were discriminated against. FARE wants to do something about it.
April 22, 2018
The process to restore a former felon's voting rights has long been decried as onerous and unfair. A federal judge agreed, ruling the entire process was not only full of prejudice, but completely unconstitutional. This ruling and an amendment to automatically restore felon's rights are shaking up Florida politics.
February 25, 2017
Your digital footprint is made up of your public records, third-party content, and your social media profiles. Using our guide, Expeal, and RecordSweeper, together, you'll be able to create a pristine and professional online reputation, helping you get a better job, housing, and other life opportunities.
June 27, 2016
Taking action outside of the normal legislative avenue, President Obama made moves to reduce recidivism rates nationwide. Acting through executive agencies, tens of millions of dollars will provide hope for the millions that re-enter their communities after serving time in prison.
March 14, 2016
One group in Iowa took a chance and created a program that allows inmates to obtain certification and hands-on experience through an apprenticeship program. Costing only a bit more than $600 per person, successful candidates who re-enter society with a new set of skills have already reported success.
December 12, 2015
Chattanooga is going one step further than banning the box - they are outright removing the restriction on ex-cons holding government jobs. Through an amendment in the city charter, the ordinance promises to give a large number of people opportunities they have earned.
A New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling from February found that the lifetime registration requirements for a man found guilty of a sex crime 7 years before the registry was created is unconstitutional. Rather than invalidate these requirements from 850 affected, the Supreme Court asked either the legislative or executive branches to put in place a system for hearings to be removed from the list entirely.
January 6, 2018
A lawsuit against the mugshot industry passed it's first big hurdle -- a motion to dismiss. The Judge dismissed a few counts, but allowed the case to move forward on the basis of the Right to Publicity laws in Illinois and Florida, a specific mugshot related law in Illinois, and the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices law in Florida.
July 28, 2016
Joining pro-business groups in Kentucky, Florida TaxWatch has come forward to suggest ways in which the state can improve re-entry efforts, part of which includes an alternative to the sealing and expungement system in place right now - a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
June 22, 2016
Proving yet again that any sentence is a life sentence, new FAA rules require criminal background checks and security clearance from the TSA to fly a drone. Commentators, like Virginia Commonwealth University Honors Students went so far as to recommend barring anyone with violent or sexual charges.
Philadelphia has gone further than most, banning criminal background checks of job applicants until a conditional offer is made. If a background check is run on that applicant, then there are factors related to when a criminal record can be used to deny an offer. Hopefully the start of a trend.
December 2, 2015
Owning firearms is a quintessential part of American culture. There are more guns owned in the United States than anywhere else in the world, without question - even after taking into account a margin for error. A criminal record means your right to own one will be impacted. We explain how.
October 20, 2015
Perhaps the greatest moment of your life has arisen - your release date. It can be an overwhelming time, full of different emotions - both good and bad. It is important to keep yourself in check and do 10 things to get your life back and make sure you stay out, for good.