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Occupational Licensing: Vague “Moral Character” Requirements Leave Workers with Records on Uncertain Ground

Navigating the collateral consequences that may limit occupational licensing opportunities can be daunting even when applicable laws and regulations are clear about what types of criminal records may be disqualifying.  But when license eligibility depends upon whether an applicant possesses “good moral character,” the impact of an applicant’s criminal record is often entirely unclear. 




Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

Darius Dennis couldn’t have predicted how intertwined his path to reentry and the well-being of his young family would be when he left jail in 2017. Today, more than a year after completing the Strengthening Fathers reentry program, Dennis not only hasn’t reoffended, but is working to be an active, engaged father.


Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. “I don’t want to go back to that,” Davis said. “But I need to work, to make a living.”