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Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic

March 10, 2014

Family Justice

With the launch of the Post-Conviction Community Needs Assessment Project, the Family Justice Clinic (“FJC”) continues to explore the impact of criminalization on the family.

FJC students, working in partnership with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (“PLAN”), are developing and administering a comprehensive needs assessment survey of people with criminal convictions in the Las Vegas area. Survey results will identify how collateral consequences of convictions harm individuals and communities because of negative impacts on families, employment, and political participation. The survey will also collect information about unmet health and legal needs of those with criminal convictions. The FJC’s partnership with PLAN, a social justice coalition, will help increase the survey’s scope and accessibility.

The FJC and PLAN are creating the online and interview-based survey, which will target persons recently released from custody, or serving parole or probation. The FJC students will analyze the survey data to identify community priorities, and work with PLAN organizers and community stakeholders on strategies for change.

FJC students say that the project gives them the unique opportunity to learn directly from affected community members and to participate in grassroots policy change. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to contact the FJC.

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