How We Support Second Chances

We focus on helping individuals who have experienced involvement with the criminal legal system to navigate the reentry process with dignity, stability, and hope. Reentry is rarely a straightforward and effortless process, leaving many directly impacted individuals alone on the journey back to their communities. We are committed to a holistic reentry process that ensures individuals are championed at every step of the way and which fights against the lack of outreach, resources, and structural support that presently exists.

For many people, obtaining gainful employment or housing is contingent on their ability to clear their records. Through our Clean Slate initiatives and toolkits, we advocate for an accessible expungement process so that every person has a meaningful and dignified opportunity for a second chance. 

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The Process of Reentry

Reentry is seldom a straightforward and effortless process, leaving many formerly incarcerated individuals alone in the journey back to their communities. A lack of outreach, resources, and structural support does not allow individuals to foresee barriers to successful reentry, or make it easy for them to identify solutions.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice is committed to a transparent and robust reentry process that ensures individuals are championed at every step of the way.

Second Chance Resources

Ban the Box Community Initiative Guide

A Ban-the-Box ordinance would remove questions on applications asking whether the applicant has been convicted of a crime or incarcerated at the initial stage of the employment process.

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Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit 2024

The purpose this toolkit is to help individuals determine their expunction relief eligibility and the steps to remove charges and convictions from their records, making it possible for them to economically and socially better their lives.

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Fair Chance Business Infographics

Fair Chance hiring considers an applicant’s qualifications first, without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. Fair Chance Business…

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Your First 48 Toolkit

Your First 48 Toolkit is a resource guide for successful reentry within 48 hours after incarceration and beyond by connecting you to resources and service providers that help overcome the barriers to a successful reentry.

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"You are not the sum of your worst mistakes."

— Umar Muhammad

Second Chances News

Justice System Reform

Southern Coalition for Social Justice Launches New Toolkit to Help Navigate Expungement Process

For media inquiries:Michelle Rashmrash@rlfcommunications.com336-553-1733 (office)336-823-5501 (mobile) Durham, N.C. — The Southern Coalition for Social Justice has launched a new effort focused on helping individuals with criminal records better navigate the process to have their records expunged. At the center of this outreach is the Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit, a free resource providing a step-by-step…

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