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The 46,000 consequences of crime

Collateral consequences are the additional state and/or federal penalties offenders often face once they’ve completed their jail sentences. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), there are over 46,000 collateral consequences listed in their database — many of them unbeknownst to the former offenders until after they leave prison. Full Article

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  1. William

    This country is no longer the land of the free. Politicians, police, judges, and government bureaucrats have corrupted our U.S. Constitution rights. They are pension abusers robbing our coffers. They harass. They are overpaid. They infringe rights. They murder under their authority. The Orwellian society we live in!

    • Q

      So true what you say William. Our freedom is becoming more of an illusion every day. Corruption? The lesser men that rule in this land are and have been trying to make it legal for quite a while now, and have been successful in many areas; here is a link to the latest attempt to further remove laws and rules born of wisdom that helped to keep corruption in check.

      I say if they can’t do the job without expecting bribery from those with self serving intentions, they are probably not the kind of men we want in responsible positions. They are prostitutes; nothing more, and nothing less; prostitutes.

  2. ab

    I believe defense lawyers are missing out on an incredible opportunity with collateral consequences that would result from the plea deal or conviction in each case. A group should be created to gather, track, and organize the collateral and direct consequences faced in every possible case. Then make the results searchable for defense attorneys for inclusion in documentation/arguments they use for their defense of each client. Obviously the group responsible would have to be speedy in updating the consequences as laws change both for criminal and civil matters at the city, state and federal level.

    Also we have too many things that are illegal.

  3. mike r

    You know its bad when a speaker of the house resigns because he says there’s to many hippocrites and curruption

  4. mike r

    This might be far fetched but how disenfranchising one third or more of a country with all these collateral consequences benefit this country. I bet at least close to one third of the population now has a criminal conviction of some sort. All these laws that have a pretext for public safety are all failures. The drug wars the gun laws and now these sex offender laws are all failures and are hurting mass populations in this country while not increasing in anyway public safety. It’s crazy once you do your time for a crime the equal protection clause should gaurenty that every persons full rights are restored. This guise of protecting public safety is nothing but a pretext and encroachment on an inalienable right to equal protection under the law.

  5. USA

    Very eye opening. I think people should have a different outlook on our cause. In many ways, this is no different than the Civil Rights Movement! If we don’t continue to move forward, we might be banned from using certain restrooms/restaurants (this is already happening) and so on! People are now banned from living in certain areas. People have now become angry or horrified when they hear about racism, but yet nothing occurs when a neighbor posts signs on another’s lawn or a vigilante shoots someone because of the way legislators and law enforcement has portrayed registered citizens!!! This must change.

  6. Tim E


    Yes I agree 1000%. The “Sex Offender”
    “Regulatory” scheme is a prelude to armbands with little yellow stars…because you know ‘to protect the children we have to identify ‘them’ on sight.’ I for one am Mad As Hell And I’m Not Going To Take It!! Howard Beale style.

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