We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.
Safer Foundation’s Access to Justice (A2J) Community Navigators conduct Know Your Rights Education sessions for people who are incarcerated and those with arrest and conviction records. They also connect people to legal services and reentry services. In addition, the Family Matters series of webinars covers some of the basics of family law, particularly focusing on how family law intersects with the criminal legal system.
Friday, November 12 2021 from Noon to 1:30 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief
This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Family Matters: Impact of Parental Incarceration
This webinar will cover statistics surrounding mass incarceration, the importance of parent-child connections, and options for child visitation when a parent is incarcerated. In addition, it will review the process for requesting permission to visit a loved one in prison when you have a past felony conviction or pending criminal case.
Friday, November 19, 2021 from Noon to 1:30 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses
This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.
Monday, November 29, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education
This webinar will cover local, state, and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Family Matters: Child Placement Options/Guardianship
This webinar will cover the different types of guardianship in Illinois, including short-term, court-ordered, and stand-by guardianship. We will discuss how to establish and discharge guardianships. We will review the paperwork necessary to bring a child to visit a parent in prison. We will learn about the rights of homeless children, including children whose parents are incarcerated. Finally, we will discuss how guardianship can be useful when a parent faces immigration or warrant issues.