Ban on Former Inmates in Public Housing Is Eased

from the New York Times

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Published: November 14, 2013

 

The New York City Housing Authority will ease its ban on recently released prisoners and allow some of them to live in public housing as part of a pilot program set to start next month.

Public housing nationwide has been off-limits to many people with criminal records and, in New York, residents can be barred for up to six years depending on the nature of their offenses. But two years ago the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development began urging public housing agencies to relax admission policies in an effort to help people released from prison reunite with their families.

Full Article HERE

Virginia’s Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair

With the 8th highest jail incarceration rate in the U.S., 1 of every 214 adult Virginians is behind bars in county jails across the state; African-American youth over-represented in the juvenile justice system; and the Commonwealth’s overreliance on incarceration – largely as a result of arresting Virginians for drug offenses – Virginia has an over-burdened correctional system unable to consistently provide services or safety.

Virginia’s Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfairpoints to reforms that, if implemented, would result in relief for Virginians directly impacted by the justice system and taxpayers alike.

The policy brief — the first in a series of publications being released by Justice Policy Institute as a group of justice advocates and concerned stakeholders have been meeting in the Commonwealth to discuss pushing for reforms — is an overview of the Commonwealth’s adult and youth justice system, which identifies areas of progress – like the recent effort to re-enfranchise formerly incarcerated residents with voting rights and other civil rights – and also identifies solutions to revise ineffective policies and practices of the past that remain in place.

You can download the report HERE

For more information about JPI visit www.justicepolicy.org