All people of color with criminal records belong

Policy Goals: All people of color belong

“…I served my sentence. I paid my debt to society. Why am I still doing time?”

Perry Hopkins, Formerly incarcerated person and  Community organizer for Communities United

Those who have paid their debt to society should be eligible for benefits such as housing, employment, healthcare, and all other resources necessary for a new start. Along with decreasing the number of people in prison, all our policies should ensure that the needs of those who have been incarcerated are met. 

Policies to consider:

  • Ending the lifetime ban on public benefits
  • Ensuring that anyone released from federal prison receives a photo ID, birth certificate, and Social Security card