Support Our Organization with a Purchase

We are excited to announce that the Helping Ourselves to Transform fundraising store has gone live. With each purchase, you are helping this organization to continue to provide services and support to our returning brothers and sisters. 100% of the proceeds go directly to these efforts so please don’t hesitate to add something to your…

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.

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.