The LAC Report Card grades and ranks every state based on how and to what extent its specific laws and policies create roadblocks to reentry -- unfair or counterproductive barriers -- in the areas of employment, public assistance and food stamps, access to criminal records, voting, public housing, adoptive and foster parenting, and drivers' licenses.

Society has an important interest in protecting the safety of the public by promoting the successful reentry of people with criminal records. This Report Card distinguishes between policies that may serve legitimate ends, such as enabling employers to screen out individuals whose criminal behavior demonstrates they pose an unreasonable risk to public safety, and roadblocks that unfairly prevent those who do not pose a threat to public safety from successfully reentering society.

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