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House Bill 2060, would require only that the formerly incarcerated person follow their terms of probation to qualify for SNAP.

Arizona Republican Rep. Walt Blackman is backing legislation that would expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for recently released felons by requiring only that the formerly incarcerated person follow their terms of probation to qualify for food assistance. Read more»

Members of the Arizona Friends Service Committee and supporters of criminal justice reform are asking Arizona legislators to adopt changes that could impact voting rights, job seekers and housing.

Criminal reform advocates are asking Arizona legislators to change laws that keep hundreds of formerly incarcerated people from voting and getting jobs. Read more»

Years after getting out of prison, Michael Romero is getting his life straight, getting his business on track and looking forward to voting again – a right it took him years to regain.

In 2016 about 221,170 Arizonans were unable to vote due to felony convictions, according to The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice advocacy group. Read more»

Alissa Jones discusses the progress she has made since the rights restoration clinic in October.

Felons with multiple convictions cannot vote, run for public office, sit on a jury or possess a firearm. They must have these rights restored via what is called a judicial “set aside.” In general, the set aside is an important step for former prisoners to return to a “normal” life. Read more»

Of the total disenfranchised population, about 45% - 2.6 million people – have completed their sentences, but reside in one of the 11 states that disenfranchise people post-sentence. In addition, 1 of every 13 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised, and in three states - Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia – the figure is one in five.

By disenfranchising felons, are we intentionally suppressing voting power in a sector of society comprised largely of lower-income and/or minority group individuals? Read more» 2