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Removing Structural Barriers to Employment: A Playbook for Every State

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

(February 2021)
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Many state and federal regulations limit or prohibit people with criminal records from accessing employment, education, housing, and more. Some states have taken action to understand and remove these restrictions, known as collateral consequences, which have a particularly devastating effect on employment opportunities.

The national playbook identifies best practice goals and strategies that states can implement to reduce the negative impacts of employment-related collateral consequences. The state playbooks show the progress that individual states have made toward meeting these goals.

Resource Type
Standards, Policies, and Model Legislation