States across the country are taking action to enact clean slate policies. This toolkit includes the following ways to join the campaign and take action: talking points, frequently asked questions, sample op-eds, sample letters to the editor, and sample social media and shareable graphics.
One Strike and You’re Out: How We Can Eliminate Barriers to Economic Security and Mobility for People with Criminal Records
Following decades of overcriminalization, between 70 million and 100 million Americans now have some type of criminal record. Any —no matter how old or minor—can be a lifelong barrier to employment and economic mobility. This report provides a blueprint for policymakers and advocates to ensure that a criminal record is not a life sentence to poverty.
More than 9 in 10 employers report using criminal background checks in their hiring decisions—presenting major barriers to opportunity for job seekers with records. For millions of Americans, the use of criminal background checks has become an immovable obstacle to employment. Not only does this practice prevent people from getting jobs, but it can also negatively affect employers.