SC Appleseed works to reduce barriers to opportunity facing all South Carolinians, regardless of their background. Around 30% of South Carolinians have a criminal record. The impact of a criminal record goes far beyond the immediate issue of incarceration. Nearly every criminal conviction carries a number of collateral consequences. Collateral consequences could affect immigration, access to housing, stable employment, eligibility for student loans, and even the chance to sit on a jury. These collateral consequences will often follow someone for the rest of their lives, even years or decades after they have finished paying their debt to society.
SC Appleseed is on the steering committee for the New Southern Strategy Coalition (NSSC). The NSSC is coalition of more than 40 state-based organizations and national partners working to alleviate the collateral consequences of an arrest and conviction in the South. The premise behind this coalition is that individual state-specific efforts will be supported and magnified by the Coalitions collective goals across the South.
To learn more about the New Southern Strategy Coalition, visit: www.newsouthernstrategy.org.
At SC Appleseed, we are committed to reducing the Collateral Consequences facing individuals with criminal records. In doing so, we believe we can help individuals out of poverty, while simultaneously reducing recidivism rates and taxpayer expense. Everyone in South Carolina can benefit from successful prisoner reentry.
To view the ABA Inventory of Collateral Consequences, visit: http://www.abacollateralconsequences.org/
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has created an expungement guide.
- Have a Criminal Record? What You Should Know when Applying for a Job
- What are Collateral Consequences?
- What are Collateral Consequences? (Spanish)
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