Policy Advocacy For Social And Criminal Justice Reform

Research Institute for Social Equity policy and advocacy initiatives is focused on reentry and rehabilitation in areas of racial bias, racial profiling, unrealistic reentry policies, pardon/expungement processes, and sentencing.

REENTRY and REHABILITATION should be considered two separate processes as opposed to a singular one. The “reentry” phase is a one-step process of being released from a correctional facility. Although this process appears to be quite simple, it is not. In fact, the psychological mindset is heavily burdened with emotional imbalances such as fears, anger, uncertainty, and varying social/economical pathologies. During this phase, Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) provides culturally responsive support systems to succinctly address cultural and environmental needs. The “rehabilitation” phase has a broader scope, encompassing the re-attainment of wholeness and participation as a fully productive member of society.

Historically, lawmakers have not developed policy that would allow the return of full-citizenship rights and privileges after a felony conviction. Pardons are primarily limited to misdemeanors and other low-level convictions. Expungements or Clean Slate Programs do not fully restore full-citizenship rights. RISE policy advocacy challenge such policies that create unreasonable barriers, and limit returning citizens ability based on felony convictions the opportunity to fully participate in society on various socio/economical levels.