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A Personal Look at Licensing Barriers

Citing the NICCC and the ten thousand-plus occupational licensing consequences it catalogs, a new Washington Post story paints an vivid portrait of how individual collateral consequences can create barriers to redemption and economic and social stability, both for people with criminal records and their families.  

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.