Safer Policy Institute

Safer Foundation helps to shape public policy. In 2001, Safer Foundation helped establish the Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE) as an advisory council to focus on the removal/reduction of barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records. CARRE currently represents more than 100 individuals, groups, agencies, coalitions, and institutions and has provided legislative assistance, research, and advocacy in areas such as expungement, sealing, and Certificates of Relief From Disability and Good Conduct. Safer Foundation also actively participates on U.S. Congressman Danny Davis’ Criminal Justice Advisory Task Force and was a key partner in his push to pass the Second Chance Act in 2008.  In 2011, Safer became a founding member of the Illinois Association for Criminal Justice. (recent legislative accomplishments points here)


Upcoming Events

Monday, October 19th, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm  

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief (i.e. Sealing and Expungement). 

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. 

To register click on this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_79JYcU0cRdiWock5N2pLxQ 

Tuesday, October 20st, 2020 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

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. 

To register click on this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_muEE9umQQ0C_mcfMJksxFw 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm

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. 

To register click on this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BxyEErNlTturkk3dXtgt8Q 

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 from 2:30pm to 12:00pm

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief (i.e. Sealing and Expungement). 

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. To register click on this link: 

To register click on this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2YAELF7sQYCIE5CxwC5Miw