The Issue 

Policies that disqualify people with criminal convictions from  public benefits harm people and their families and hinder successful reentry. These policies are stigmatizing and  make recidivism more likely. 

Current Initiatives 

Policy Recommendations 

  • No criminal record bans: Eliminate barriers that make people with criminal convictions or drug histories ineligible for public benefits.
  • No drug-testing: Proposals to require drug testing as a condition for receiving public benefits should not be enacted. 

Learn More 

To learn more about this issue, visit our Criminal Justice Resources.

To learn more about LAC’s impact, see our Accomplishments.


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