More Than a Diversion For
At the Legal Advocacy and Education Commission, we conduct safety assessments for a safer community. We are focused on the moment a person is charged and entered into the system right up to the sentencing or acquittal.
Once a felony charge is on someone’s record, it sets into motion a series of events that are life-defining, life-altering, and life-shattering. First-time offenders are most often confused by the process of being in a courtroom and will do anything to get out. Additionally, being handcuffed, placed into a jumpsuit, potentially being mistreated and dehumanized, and the many other traumas that come along with one bad decision makes it a particularly fraught time in an individual’s life.
COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF A FELONY
What many do not realize is that while each state may have slightly different penalties, convicted first-time offenders are most likely to lose the following rights:
When this occurs, it sets in a chain of events, such as mental health issues, being viewed as “other” by society, lack of self-esteem and worth, and greater odds of returning to the revolving door of the criminal justice system.
We must stop the pipeline for first-time offenders.