With a grant from the National Institute for Justice as a provision of the Court Security Improvement Act, the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section created the ABA National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC) an online catalog of over 45,000 federal and state statutes and regulations that impose collateral consequences on persons convicted of crimes.

The searchable database categorizes collateral-consequence laws by jurisdiction, the area of life affected, the type of offense, and whether the law applies automatically or at the discretion of a government agent. This database can be used to help defense attorneys provide more informed counsel to clients and to inform charging and plea offer decisions of prosecutors. It also provides lawmakers, advocacy groups and the public with accurate information about the scope of collateral consequences.

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In celebration of the completion of the "National Inventory on the Collateral Consequences of Conviction", the ABA Criminal Justice Section hosted the "National Summit on Collateral Consequences" on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Washington, D.C.. This one day Summit was held at the law offices of Jones Day near Capitol Hill, and featured expert presentations on a flagship section issue. (See the summit brochure.)

The program featured an assortment of perspectives including: James Cole, former deputy U.S. Attorney General; U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman of the District of Columbia; Amy Solomon, senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General; D.C. Superior Court Judge Michael L. Rankin; and ABA President William C. Hubbard.

Video highlights can be found on our "Collateral Consequences" playlist on youtube. Photos from the summit can be found here.

See the Conference Report