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When criminal records come back to haunt you: Expungements and third-party background reports

November 7, 2017

About one in three Americans have some sort of criminal record, ranging from simple arrests to actual convictions. As any job-seeker or apartment-hunter knows, more and more employers and landlords are using background checks. Nearly 90% of employers and 80% of landlords run some sort of background check on potential employees or tenants. If you…

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2016 SC Appleseed Legislative Wrap Up

June 17, 2016

Coverage of the 2016 legislative session focused on a small number of high profile issues, but all the while here at South Carolina Appleseed we were working on several lesser known but very important bills which were enacted into law. These laws are not only great public policy; they will also help the communities we…

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People with Felony Records Can Vote in South Carolina! Here’s How:

April 27, 2016

It’s no secret that a criminal record has a major impact in many areas of life: the ability to find a good job and being able to support yourself and your family, the ability to find safe and affordable housing, and the reality of facing the lifelong stigma of having a criminal record. Since we…

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S. 255 – Mug Shot Extortion & Expungement Relief

March 3, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Governor Haley signed into law S. 255, a bill sponsored by Senator Paul Thurmond (R). The bill – sometimes  referred to as the “Mug Shot Extortion Bill” – is designed to address businesses that make money from publishing mug shots and arrest records. In addition, S. 255 makes important changes to…

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A Parent's Criminal Record has a Lifelong Impact…on Their Children

December 10, 2015

On December 10, 2015 , the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report entitled “Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their Children, A Two-Generation Approach.” This report is the first to focus on the lifelong impact a parent’s criminal record has on their children. According to the CAP Report, nearly…

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Allen's Story: With a criminal record, when do I get a second chance?

August 12, 2015

SC Appleseed often hears from individuals struggling to move past a prior mistake or criminal record. Sometimes a single mistake made when you are young can have a lifelong impact, like this young man who was convicted of a drug charge while in college. SC Appleseed is working hard to remove barriers to opportunity that…

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A Selma Reflection

May 7, 2015

This week we welcome guest blogger Christina Spach, who recently attended the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma.  The post below is her reflections of the day and what it represents.  Selma was alive with events and speakers tucked into all corners of the town when we arrived on March 8, 2015—the 50th Anniversary of…

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Lawyers 4 Vets Celebrates 1 Year!

April 30, 2015

Over here at SC Appleseed we are celebrating the end of the first year of Lawyers 4 Vets (L4V) Pro Bono Legal Clinic. So much has happened and we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the difference Lawyers 4 Vets has made in just one year! As of April 28 2015, we have had…

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What is the full cost of youth incarceration?

April 1, 2015

Did you know the State of South Carolina spends as much as $155,490 annually to incarcerate a young person? This is in addition to the estimated billions of dollars in long-term costs created by the excessive use of youth confinement, including reduced income levels, lower tax revenue, greater reliance on public assistance, higher costs to…

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Vet Clinic Hits 6 Month Milestone!

November 11, 2014

It’s hard to believe that half a year has gone by since starting the Vet Clinic, but it’s officially been 6 months! Over 600 veterans have contacted our hotline and 90 attorneys have committed to helping them. What a great success story! Our volunteer attorneys have drafted 30 Simple Wills and/or Healthcare Powers of Attorney,…

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