Via KUOW: "Bill Radke speaks with Columbia Legal Services attorney Merf Ehman and landlord rights lawyer Evan Loeffler about a proposal before the Seattle City Council that would change how landlords are allowed to screen tenants."
Via The Seattle Times: "A group of Seattle organizations will launch a campaign Monday for city legislation banning landlords from automatically denying prospective tenants with criminal records."
Via The Seattle Medium: "On Monday, The Seattle City Council unanimously approved Resolution 31637, which calls on City departments to convene a prisoner and community correction re-entry work group to coordinate and strengthen the City's efforts to assist re-entry."
Via The Seattle Times: "'I’m not going to lie and pretend this hasn’t taken a toll on me,' Simmons says. 'You asked me if I think anyone can rise up out of a homeless shelter. I mean, I’m getting $100,000 job offers and I can’t seem to get out.'
'I try to stay positive that I can be the one to do it. But I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.'”
Via Brennan Center for Justice: "As Attorney General Eric Holder has stated, 'Reentry provides a major opportunity to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and make our communities safer.'
Improving access to stable housing is critical to supporting successful reentry, and strengthening marginalized communities. HUD should make good on the administration’s commitment by providing stronger guidance at the federal level to help stem the tide of overbroad evictions and exclusions of those with criminal records from public housing."
Via Human Rights Watch: "Many people in need of housing assistance do not apply because they have criminal records. Although there is no way to quantify this assertion, our research indicates that many eligible applicants, or those who would certainly be eligible if PHAs rightfully gave individual consideration to each application, do not apply. Some do not know they are eligible despite having a criminal record, others are misled into believing that they are not, and still others are turned away at the applications desk by PHA employees who do not understand the exclusionary policies."
Via WUSA9: "'It's not about me making a lot, I just want to do better,' Morgan said. 'I needed an opportunity, according to him [Mr. Penny] he gave me an opportunity, but I earned it.'"
Via The Oregonian: "The Portland City Council unanimously approved stronger rules Wednesday designed to give former felons and other people with a criminal history a better opportunity to win over potential bosses during the hiring process without having to discuss their past.
As of July 1, 2016, many Portland business owners won't be allowed to ask about a prospective employee's criminal history until after they've offered the candidate a job."
Via Brennan Center For Justice: "According to a 2012 Department of Justice survey, state criminal history repositories contain more than 100 million records. These are popularly referred to as “rap sheets” or “criminal records” although most people who have them have never been convicted of a serious crime. These repositories chronicle nearly every arrest, regardless of whether or not it leads to an indictment or conviction. And while 100 million records do exist, this figure almost certainly overstates the true number of individuals who have been arrested at any point in their lives, since one person can have an arrest record in multiple states."