Resource: Harold v. Richards

By: Equal Justice Under Law

January 10, 2018

Equal Justice Under Law

Pennsylvania targeted people with drug-related convictions in a particularly severe way — unlike for all other criminal offenses, the state automatically suspended the driver’s license of any person whose conviction involved drugs. These suspensions made social reentry nearly impossible; they deprived individuals of the ability to find and keep steady employment, to access medical care and addiction treatment services, and to care for their families during the critical period when they are trying to overcome the myriad consequences of a drug conviction and rebuild their lives.