For far too long, reentry supports have been fragmented, inequitable, and insufficient, and millions of people have been shut out from the opportunities they need to successfully reintegrate into their communities.
For even the most supported and motivated, having a criminal record triggers legal and informal barriers that diminish access to services and opportunities. These barriers impact tens of millions of people with records and their families.
Moreover, racial disparities persist across the criminal justice system, such that people of color are disproportionately affected by barriers to reentry. When our policies and practices make it difficult for people to succeed in their communities, we perpetuate racial inequities and fuel disparities in employment, health care, treatment, and housing access.
To solve these problems, we are calling on leaders from all 50 states to take action and pledge to a decade-long journey in bringing reentry systems to scale and making reintegration a reality for every person.