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Criminal Records, Race and Redemption


Michael Pinard


University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

2013

New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2013, p. 963
U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-9

Abstract:     
Poor individuals of color disproportionately carry the weight of a criminal record. They confront an array of legal and non-legal barriers, the most prominent of which are housing and employment. Federal, State and local governments are implementing measures aimed at easing the everlasting impact of a criminal record. However, these measures, while laudable, fail to address the disconnection between individuals who believe they have moved past their interactions with the criminal justice system and the ways in which decision makers continue to judge them in the years and decades following those interactions. These issues are particularly pronounced for poor individuals of color, who are uniquely stigmatized by their criminal records. To address these issues, this article proposes a redemption-focused approach to criminal records. This approach recognizes that individuals ultimately move past their interactions with the criminal justice system and, therefore, they should no longer be saddled by their criminal records. Thus, the article calls for greatly expanding laws that allow individuals to remove their criminal records from public access and, in the end, allow them to reach redemption.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: poor, criminal justice system

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Date posted: January 24, 2014  

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Pinard, Michael, Criminal Records, Race and Redemption (2013). New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2013, p. 963; U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-9. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2383456

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Michael Pinard (Contact Author)
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States
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