Professor Chin Comments on Collateral Consequences of Conviction for Milwaukee Public Radio
Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin commented for Milwaukee Public radio station WUWM on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. People who are convicted of a crime may face collateral consequences including the loss of the right to vote, deportation, and loss of professional licenses, Chin said.
"If [people with criminal records] can't work, if they can't make a living in the legitimate economy, that's a big problem for us because many of them, if they can't make an honest living, will make a dishonest living," said Chin. "And there's a cost to society when somebody who could have been reformed, when somebody who could have contributed to society and lived a law-abiding life, instead recidivates and returns to crime."
Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and holder of the Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Endowed Chair at UC Davis School of Law. He is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.