The hundreds of collateral consequences of low-level marijuana convictions include barriers to jobs, housing and financial aid.
Proposals could help those with past arrests or convictions seek jobs and other opportunities; experts say the existing expungement law is hard to navigate.
Having a lawyer is an important factor in getting released. A Dane County, Wis., program helps immigrants get out of jail and challenge efforts to deport them.
Dane County, Wisconsin, has been selected as one of 13 sites across the country to test a new model: a public-defender-style system aimed at providing a lawyer to every detained, indigent immigrant.