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100 Million Americans Have a Criminal Record

In many ways, a conviction can be a life sentence.

9 out of 10

Employers conduct background checks

120 Million

Renters have their records checked

Over Half

College Admissions conduct background checks


Mandatory laws prevent Occupational Licensing


The amount of opportunity denied to those with a record who have paid their debt to society is astonishing. 

Employers, housing providers and other decision makers are not to blame, until now a dynamic solution that adds context to a criminal background report hasn’t existed in order to properly evaluate applicants. 

Change is desperately needed to level the playing field and allow people back into normal society.  The numbers today are so substantial that entire communities have nowhere to turn.

That is about to change…

We’ve seen this before…

In the past loan officers were in the same position as today’s employers and others, in that the primary source available to evaluate an applicant was an actual credit report.  The static report simply provides a historical record of a person’s financial history, and not necessarily their current credit worthiness.

Prior to the advent of the credit score access to financing was very limited, and in many cases, deemed discriminatory.  Millions could not buy a home, a vehicle, or even finance furniture.  Introduction of the credit score, an unbiased universal standard, simplified the decision making process and opened the floodgates to opportunities which changed every financial sector in our economy.

Today it is employers, housing providers and others who employ the only source available, a criminal background report. Not unlike the credit report, it is static historical data and does not provide any context into who the person is today. 

DASMI has created a solution, on the scale of the credit score, without bias and subjectivity, that will impact every decision maker utilizing background reports and change the lives of 100 million Americans and their families.

Criminal Records Create Cycles of Multigenerational Poverty

Justice-involved people face more than 44,000 legal sanctions that can prevent them from getting a job, obtaining licenses, attaining and maintaining housing, qualifying for public assistance, pursuing higher education, engaging in civic participation, changing immigration status, and receiving custody of a minor, among many other restrictions. Additionally, people with criminal records face discrimination: 9 in 10 employers, 4 in 5 landlords, and 3 in 5 colleges and universities use background checks in hiring decisions. These impacts lead to higher rates of homelessness and unemployment, lower cumulative earnings, and difficulties pursing educational opportunities; they also create barriers to community integration.

The consequences of having a criminal record do not occur in isolation but have direct and substantial impacts for families and communities. These barriers undermine the five pillars of family well-being—income, savings and assets, education, housing, and family strength and stability—and, in turn, negatively affect family cohesion. As a result, people with records lose access to opportunities, driving and keeping their families in poverty across generations.

Nearly half of all children in the United States—about 33 million to 36.5 million—have at least one parent with a criminal record. [read more]

Of these, 5.1 million children have lived the adverse childhood experience of having at least one parent incarcerated during their childhood. These children are six times more likely to be justice involved during their youth—especially if their mother has been incarcerated. Second-generation prisoners, or adults who had a parent incarcerated, experience more adversities in life, exposure to violence, and social and emotional difficulties that lead to worse outcomes for individual well-being. The impacts of having a criminal record and incarceration do not disappear after one generation; rather, they linger and pose residual consequences that reproduce disadvantage for their children’s children and beyond. A person’s experiences with childhood poverty as a result of having a parent with a criminal record often lead to poverty during their adult lives and of their children, continuing the multigenerational cycle. [/read]

Fast Facts

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