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2017 June

Legal Aid with Conviction

How to Combat Barriers to Reentry by Using the Law

By Vidhi Sanghavi Joshi

A low-income client’s interaction with the criminal justice system erects multifaceted barriers to social, political, and economic opportunities. However, a number of legal remedies are available under state and federal law to mitigate the effects of some of these barriers. Civil legal aid attorneys can and must take advantage of these laws to chip away at reentry barriers stemming from criminal justice involvement to help fight the poverty-to-prison cycle.

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