Criminal Justice Reform Demands Housing Reform: HUD’s New Plan to Make it Easier for People with a Criminal Record to Find Housing

In the last fifteen years, criminal justice reform has become a major focus for policymakers in the United States. Reflecting the broad recognition that previous policy choices have led to unjust and unsustainable levels of mass incarceration—marred by blatant racial disparities—Congress has passed major pieces of federal legislation, including the First Step Act (2018), the […]

Criminal Justice and Housing Fact Sheet

Criminal justice reformers ARE housing advocates.  Individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system need a good place to call home so that they can reconnect with society and rebuild their lives.   Every year, over 600,000 people return to their communities from prison and face myriad challenges – primarily, profound housing insecurity (Prison Policy Initiative, […]