Economic Opportunity


The Case for Clean Slate in Illinois
Alan Smith & Christi Smith

Both Illinois and the nation have a strong tradition of awarding people second chances. Sometimes it takes more than the stroke of a pen to accomplish meaningful and enduring reforms. Illinois is…

, Marketplace
In labor crunch, businesses back efforts to clear workers’ criminal records
Noella Sudbury

From Marketplace:

Noella Sudbury, who helped lead the drive to pass Utah’s clean slate law in 2019, has been helping to implement it.

“Right now, we have done the work to identify everybody…

The Clean Slate Initiative
Christi Smith & Jillian Snider

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How the FDIC Can Help People with Criminal Records
Shoshana Weissmann & Nila Bala

From Brennan Center for Justice:

People with a criminal record face a number of challenges getting a job, from suspicious employers to rules that prevent them from obtaining occupational…

House Approves Fair Chance Act and Paid Family Leave Amendments to NDAA
Arthur Rizer

From the House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
The Fair Chance Act is supported by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Conservative Union, Faith & Freedom…

College in prison: What I learned this week

From AEI:
Policy: Although states are responsible for the provision of education inside prison, the federal government also has a role to play, specifically through the distribution of Pell Grants…

The Power of Choice in Prison Programming
Arthur Rizer

“For the eight years I was locked up, I never even heard the word ‘reentry,’” recalled Marcus Bullock, the prisoner-turned-CEO who was incarcerated in 1996 at the age of 15.


Cash Bail Reform: Pros & Cons
Marc Hyden

From Let Me Tell You Why You’re Wrong:

In Episode 74, we discuss the cash bail system and the proposed reforms. Joining us this week for opposing views are Marc Hyden of R Street Institute and…

Supreme Court to Decide Whether States Can Impose Excessive Fines on the Poor

From the ACLU:

This view has critical support from across the ideological spectrum. The ACLU’s amicus brief is joined by the R Street Institute, a free-market-oriented…

, Hill Happenings
Moving on from money bail: Federal and state policies for bipartisan reform
Lars Trautman

From Hill Happenings:
At any given time, our nation’s jails hold around 465,000 people that are still legally presumed innocent. Detained while awaiting their day in court, the…

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