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How to Spot a Client’s Reentry Legal Issues

with Vidhi Joshi

When people reenter society from the criminal justice system, they face a host of barriers to achieving economic security: employment, housing, court debt, restoration of civil rights, health care, and the criminal record itself. How does a civil legal aid attorney begin to untangle this mass of legal issues?

In our June 2017 episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we talked with Vidhi Joshi of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands about how attorneys can break the poverty-to-prison cycle and the legal issues their clients may have.

For more details, be sure to read Vidhi Joshi’s Clearinghouse article, Legal Aid with Conviction: How to Combat Barriers to Reentry Using the Law.

FURTHER RESOURCES

Alexander v. Edgewood Management Corporation, No. 15-01140, 2016 WL 5957673 (D.D.C. July 22, 2016) (discusses April 2016 HUD guidance on fair housing for people with criminal records).

Amended Complaint, Alexander v. Edgewood Management Corporation, No. 1:15-cv-01140 (D.D.C. Sept. 1, 2015) (shows how to use April 2016 HUD guidance on fair housing for people with criminal records).

Charge of Discrimination, HUD v. Wesley Apartment Homes, LLC, FHEO No. 04-13-0855-8 (HUD App. Jan. 18, 2017) (HUD's finding of housing discrimination).

Lourdes Castro Ramirez et al., Protecting the Fair Housing Rights of People with Criminal Records, Clearinghouse (April 28, 2016) (Advocacy in Action Webinar on HUD guidance on fair housing for people with criminal records).

Tonya Robinson et al., Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records: A Conversation with HUD, Clearinghouse (Oct. 26, 2016) (Advocacy in Action Webinar on HUD guidance).

Root & Rebound, Roadmap to Reentry Online Training Hub (n.d.) (general resource for reentry work).

Deborah Thrope & Marie Claire Tran-Leung, Advocacy Strategies for Protecting the Fair Housing Rights of People with Criminal Records, Clearinghouse (May 25, 2016) (Advocacy in Action Webinar on HUD guidance).

U.S. Department of Justice, Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement (May 17, 2017) (possible funding source for reentry work; applications due July 5, 2017).

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