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On April 25, 2016, CLS clients and staff met with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro as part of National Reentry Week. Clients had the...
Over the past two decades, even the most minor criminal convictions have become lifetime barriers to the necessities of life – jobs, housing, education, and much more. The most effective public...
As of November 14, 2016, people with certain misdemeanor convictions can ask the court to seal their record. A sealed record will only be available to law enforcement.  It will NOT be available...
If you have been rejected or fired from a job because of a juvenile or criminal record, you may have legal rights! It is helpful to: Keep copies of any paperwork an employer gives you,...
Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney has voiced strong support for policy initiatives that can help improve the lives of Philadelphians with criminal records.  Community Legal Services (CLS) suggests this...
Like most Americans, ex-offenders need to be employed to support themselves and their families.  Moreover, participation in the labor economy is central to most of our identities; our jobs play...
Providing a second chance to people with old criminal records is essential to increasing economic security for low-income individuals and communities and will reduce both unemployment and recidivism...
Over 10 million children in the United States “have parents who were imprisoned at some point in their children’s lives.”[1] In 2001, approximately 400,000 mothers and fathers will finish serving...