August 01, 2016

Reentry Projects

Legal Aid Reentry Projects for people with criminal records and other significant barriers to employment.

Reentry Project Chart

This chart identifies both Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and non-LSC funded legal aid programs that recently reported offering reentry-related legal services.  The list is not meant to be comprehensive. There may be other active reentry legal services projects, and other local legal aid and pro bono programs or projects willing to develop a reentry pro bono program and/or partner with other reentry social service providers.

LSC Logo

To learn more about how civil legal aid contributes to successful reentry for people leaving jail and returning to society, and federal programs that support legal services for people with criminal records, the U.S. Department of Justice has prepared this document:

Legal Aid Helps Successful Reentry

Speaking at the ABA’s Annual Conference on August 12 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder urged pro bono efforts to address the indigent defense crisis, including reentry assistance for those who have served their time:
 
"And every legal professional, every member of this audience, must answer the ABA’s call to contribute to this cause through pro bono service – and help realize the promise of equal justice for all."

Holders Speech  

Video of Holder's Speech 

List of Reentry Projects for Pro Bono Volunteers

The Attorney General also referred to an ABA Project related to collateral consquences:

 
"In recent years, with the Department’s support, the ABA has catalogued tens of thousands of statutes and regulations that impose unwise and counterproductive collateral consequences – with regard to housing or employment, for example – on people who have been convicted of crimes. I have asked state attorneys general and a variety of federal leaders to review their own agencies’ regulations. And today I can announce that I’ve directed all Department of Justice components, going forward, to consider whether any proposed regulation or guidance may impose unnecessary collateral consequences on those seeking to rejoin their communities."