CCJ presents Aftermath, Minnesota’s first one-stop online hub that is devoted to identifying, understanding and addressing the full burden of living with criminal history records.
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Aftermath seeks to:

  • Educate Minnesotans about the nature, impact and persistence of criminal records
  • Inspire discussion on the full costs of criminal records to individuals, families, communities, and all levels of society
  • Empower those seeking relief from the persistent negative impacts of their records

To accomplish these goals, Aftermath provides:

  • Clear, up-to-date information on the topics of Minnesota criminal records and their collateral consequences
  • Personal accounts of life with a criminal record, as well as stories from attorneys and other professionals
  • Step-by-step resources and service referrals to help resolve the biggest barriers and uncertainties associated with criminal records in Minnesota

Who We Are

Aftermath is a project of the Council on Crime and Justice (CCJ).  The Aftermath team is made up of CCJ staff attorneys, collaborating attorneys, and other professionals and experts in the field volunteering their time, knowledge and experience. We are dedicated to making Aftermath into a “curated” hub, an active collection of information, conversation and resources on the topic of criminal records issues in Minnesota. The Aftermath curator works hard to keep content accurate, current and relevant.

Connect with Aftermath at criminalrecordsaftermath[at]gmail[dot]com.


Aftermath's "hub" design complements myriad efforts currently underway in Minnesota to address criminal records issues and collateral consequences. Aftermath does not offer any one service, resource guide, or agenda. Rather, it uses its legal and professional expertise to aggregate, organize and connect the dots between multiple levels of conversation, services, and information.

The high costs of a criminal record remain long after a criminal sentence has ended, after one’s case has been dismissed, or even after a jury has found someone not guilty. These costs accumulate to damage an individual’s chances at a new life, a family’s strength and stability, and a community’s ability to prosper as well as the vibrancy and safety of society as a whole. “Aftermath” is part of a growing national movement in response to this problem.

The Aftermath project works to acknowledge, understand, and seek answers for the lives and communities that have been torn apart under the unending liability of bearing a criminal record. While Aftermath focuses on Minnesota, the project attempts wherever possible to broach national issues. Aftermath is undertaken with the hope that eventually Minnesota can provide an example to other states to address their criminal records issues.

How big of a problem are criminal records? The past few decades has witnessed a staggering rise in numbers of people entering the criminal justice system through what some refer to as "hyper-criminalization," arrests, mass incarceration and mass probation. The Bureau of Justice Statistics projects that as many as one in three, or 100 million Americans, have a criminal record of some kind, including records that did not result in conviction.

Get Involved!

Aftermath is a new, minimally-funded community-oriented project whose success will depend on broad participation. Whether you have a personal story to share about the impact of criminal records, are an attorney or service provider that would like to volunteer your expertise to the project, or just want to learn more, please be in touch.

Contact Aftermath at criminalrecordsaftermath[at]gmail[dot]com. 


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