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State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

Postsecondary education in prison puts people on a path toward a brighter future by disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration. But it has not been offered at scale due to the numerous barriers—including the 1994 ban on Pell Grants to people in prison—that prevent students and postsecondary institutions from accessing state and federal funding programs. And so, while the majority of people in prison are interested in pursuing postsecondary education, only a fraction are able to enroll.

By: Lauren Hobby, Brian Walsh, and Ruth Delaney

(July 2019)

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Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Jail

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails across the country. At a time when the public is paying closer attention to local jails and their primary role in mass incarceration, it is critical to shine light on the problem of jail suicide and the steps jails can take to prevent future deaths.

By: Jason Tan de Bibiana, Therese Todd, and Leah Pope

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No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

This report outlines the ways in which people experiencing homelessness are vulnerable within the system and how this leads to negative outcomes at each justice system decision point. It also highlights the urgent need for alternate approaches to break the cycle.

By: Madeline Bailey, Erica Crew, and Madz Reeve, Aug. 2020

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New Guidance on Criminal Records and Housing (April 2016)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

While this guidance should be read in its entirety, there are two important points to emphasize.  Landlords should not deny housing based on an arrest alone, as arrests without convictions do not justify the denial. This guidance also prevents the use of blanket restrictions related to certain types of convictions. Accordingly, convictions should be considered on a case-by-case basis, in light of mitigating factors, such as the person’s age at the time a crime was committed, evidence of good behavior since the crime was committed, and how long ago the conviction occurred.

(current as of April 2020)

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  • a person with a criminal record
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Housing Access for People with Criminal Records

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

Housing Access for People with Criminal Records

By: Elayne Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition

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Give Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Fair Chance

Source: Harvard Business Review

Give Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Fair Chance

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  • fair hiring
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Pretrial Basics

Source: ACLU of Ohio

Answers to frequently asked questions, definitions and additional resources for those interested in issues of pretrial justice.

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A Review of the Research on Plea Bargaining: Vera Institute of Justice

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

“Plea bargaining is more a part of the American justice system than the formal trial and, in fact, makes up the vast majority of criminal justice transactions today. Only 2 percent of federal criminal cases—and a similar number of state cases—are brought to trial. More than 90 percent of convictions, at both federal and state levels, are the result of guilty pleas.” — In the Shadows: A Review of the Research on Plea Bargaining.

By: Ram Subramanian, Léon Digard, Melvin Washington II, and Stephanie Sorage

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Ohio Prison Arts Connection

Source: Ohio Prison Arts Connection

An organization that tracks and assists art programming in Ohio’s prisons.

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Ohio Prison Correspondence FAQs

Source: Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding correspondence with individuals incarcerated in Ohio state prisons.

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  • human rights
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