Cases of Collateral Consequences

Aug 22, 2012

No matter how small the crime, having a conviction on your record can have a lingering impact on your life long after you’ve paid your debt to society.

Attorney Daryl Atkinson (Photo credit:

Just ask Benjamin Hashim or Daryl Atkinson. Both of them have been affected by their criminal histories in seeking employment, educational opportunities and more. Atkinson is a staff attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the co-creator of the Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool, a database that helps people better understand the full impact of a criminal conviction. He and Hashim join host Frank Stasio to talk about their experiences with discrimination based on criminal history and their efforts to counter this bias. Listener Call-in.