American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section: Re-entry & Collateral Consequences Committee

Criminal Justice Section:
Re-entry & Collateral Consequences Committee

Who We Are

Focuses on the barriers that offenders face in re-entering society after receiving a criminal conviction. Reviews obstacles that offenders face in the area of employment, housing, educational opportunities, and other areas, which impact their ability to become a law-abiding citizen. Examine ways to assist in neutralizing the effects of criminal convictions on persons trying to rebuild their lives.


The United States Congress is considering several bipartisan efforts for criminal justice reform; and some are directly related to improving re-entry opportunities and decreasing negative collateral consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. This year, the Re-entry and Collateral Consequences Committee (RCCC) will follow these proposed legislation, provide testimony and/or comment at hearings if possible, and look at how ABA policy does or can support these initiatives. These bills include:

· SB1513–the Second Chances Reauthorization Act;

· H. R. 2944 Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015;

· SB.675 Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act of 2015 or the REDEEM Act.

The committee chairs will also discuss (by Oct. 15) submission of a committee chapter to the State of Criminal Justice publication.

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