Millions of Americans are burdened with criminal records that prevent them from participating fully in family, community, and economic life. These burdens fall disproportionately on minorities, leaving many impoverished and with few options.
Community justice lawyers at the Shriver Center advocate for laws and policies that increase access to employment, education, health care, housing, and income supports and against laws and policies that irrationally limit such access. We represent individuals with criminal records in actions to lower or eliminate barriers created by their records. And we work to change public attitudes toward people who have interacted with the criminal justice system.