Business and Legal Toolkit for Returning Citizens

This Business & Legal Toolkit for Returning Citizen Entrepreneurs is part of a multi-year action research project of the GW Law School Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic (Clinic).1 The Clinic provides free legal services to carefully selected small and microbusinesses, non-profit organizations, artists, and social entrepreneurs.

We’re hiring!

Are you: Looking for a Skilled Career in a Trade Union? Want to improve conditions in your current job? Looking for fair pay, decent benefits, an opportunity to grow? Demanding on-the-job respect? All Trade Unions, both Public and Private sectors represent approximately 14.6 million members. Become a part of the growing trade unions in your…

Life After Incarceration

In the United States, we owe formerly incarcerated people. This fact is abundantly clear when you evaluate the status quo. A person who completes their sentenced punishment after being found guilty has paid their debt to society. Unfortunately, laws across the country force formerly incarcerated people to continue to pay for their misconduct long after their release from the criminal legal system. These collateral consequences of incarceration are often unrelated to the person’s crime and dramatically hinder the reentry process. Cultural stigma, legal discrimination, and enhanced trauma describe the reality for hundreds of thousands of people in America because “free” society continues to make formerly incarcerated people pay. Hence, we owe them.

Inside Prince George’s County Bond Hearings

Since August of 2020, the Movement Lawyering Clinic (“the Clinic”) at Howard University
School of Law has observed bond hearings in Prince George’s County District Court. The impetus
of this project came from reports and a lawsuit from Civil Rights Corps, alleging that PG County’s
jail was overcrowded, unsanitary, at risk of a COVID-19 breakout, and teeming with pre-trial
defendants, many who are charged with non-violent crimes.1 The Clinic decided to observe PG
County bond hearings to determine the extent of pre-trial detention in the County, or more
specifically, who was being put in pre-trial detention and why.

Recidivism and Reentry

What makes people more or less likely to succeed upon release? Readers looking for recidivism data should note that relying too much on rates of recidivism (as opposed to other indicators of success after prison) can result in incomplete conclusions, because recidivism data is skewed by inconsistencies in policing, charging, and supervision.