Collateral Damage: A Public Housing Consequences of the 'War on Drugs'

Lahny Silva
2015 Social Science Research Network  
Often automatic upon a conviction, collateral consequences work to relegate individuals to the status of second-class citizen by the systematic deprivation of opportunity in all aspects of life. Shockingly, these penalties are not aimed solely at ex-offenders. Individuals arrested frequently are denied access to opportunity by virtue of their interaction with the criminal justice system. In the context of public housing, even an arrest is not required for the imposition of collateral
more » ... llateral consequences. Instead, a public housing agency employee, without having to satisfy any statutorily mandated burden of proof, may make a determination that a household member or guest has engaged in "drug-related criminal activity," terminate the household from public housing assistance, and subsequently evict the family.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2773790 fatcat:qah2oej6cnan3dgs4thxcq7o3q