Returning Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Reentry, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, February 27, 2020   [open pdf - 38MB]

This is the February 27, 2020 hearing on "Returning Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Reentry," held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Karen Bass: "States and localities have begun to evaluate and reform the criminal justice system, resulting in thousands of individuals returning to their communities. While reforms have been considered and implemented, there has not been the same level of thought and effort about what happens to the individuals when they are released, specifically the numerous challenges returning citizens face. Harsh sentencing laws were followed by numerous laws and policies that complicate the ability of people to successfully reintegrate in their communities; for example, laws that forbid formerly incarcerated individuals from working in certain professions, laws or policies that restrict individuals from associating with felons that might result in homelessness if family Members or nearby neighbors are also formerly incarcerated, and policies that forbid individuals from residing in public housing or receiving safety net benefits. [...] We want to make sure we are providing recently released prisoners the tools and resources to successfully reintegrate into society so we can end the cycle of reincarceration. We also want to make sure that the services are easily accessible. I'm interested in hearing about ways we can streamline reentry efforts so returning citizens can access multiple reentry services in one location." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Nancy La Vigne, Conan Harris, Ronald J. Lampard, Vanessa Martin, Jesse Wiese, and John Harriel.

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Serial No. 116-76
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