Approximately 700,000 people are released from state and federal prisons and jails every year. Barriers to their reentry into society, known as the collateral consequences of a conviction, extend punishment far beyond the penal system. Despite having paid their debt to society, people with criminal convictions face punitive policies and regulations that restrict critical access to housing, employment, public benefits, education, and political participation.

Recent news on Reentry

Des Moines Register
Aug 5, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs executive order restoring felon voting rights, removing Iowa’s last-in-the-nation status
Sentencing Project
Jul 7, 2020

DC Council Approves Voting in Prison Ahead of November Election
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
May 4, 2020

Norton Encourages Federal Bureau of Prisons to Release as Many D.C. Code Felons as Practicable

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