One in four Americans has some form of a criminal record. The collateral consequences of a conviction – finding work or obtaining a professional license after an incarceration, for instance – can be severe and hard to diminish, and the volume and extent of these consequences are substantial.

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Law, Policy and Practice, published in a joint venture by Thomson Reuters Westlaw and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL) Press, is a comprehensive resource for legal professionals and policymakers that discusses the legal restrictions and penalties that can result from a criminal conviction over and above the court-imposed sentence.

Authors Margaret Colgate Love, Jenny Roberts and Cecelia Klingele cover topics such as: multiple types of collateral consequences, civil and criminal practical issues, constitutional and statutory challenges, regulation of employment and licensing, restoration of rights after conviction, and more. The resource also includes state summaries and comparison charts regarding consequences, pardon and restoration.

In the video clip below, Cecelia Klingele talks about the book and the important role it can play in our society.

To read the full news release, click here. To see a video with each author discussing the book, please click here.

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