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Consequences of Having a Criminal Record and Remedies Under the Law
Date: March 10, 2009 11:06AM

Art Besse Earns 2009 Showcase Award

Prior to his retirement in 2003, Art Besse had 41 years of service in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Family Services, and Department of Workforce Development. Art started his own consulting firm, Art Besse & Associates LLC in 1992. Drawing on his experience, Art has regularly presented workshops for teachers, social workers, probation and parole agents, and others who work with offenders in reentry programs. His presentations which are tailored to the interests and needs of his audience have always been well attended and proven to be very useful to the workshop participants.

One of Art’s most popular workshops is Consequences of Having a Criminal Record and Remedies Under the Law.

Most people including corrections professionals have a limited grasp on the hidden consequences that accompany a criminal conviction. In a state like Wisconsin, the most basic consequences of temporary loss of voting and jury rights along with the permanent loss of gun possession rights and the right to hold public office are fairly well known.

Art’s workshop focuses on the collateral consequences suffered by the man or woman or youth with a criminal record. These consequences may include deportation of aliens including legal aliens; holes in the social safety net including food stamps, AFDC, SSI and Social Security; housing barriers including Section 8, private owner barriers and local government sex offender ordinances; driver’s license restrictions including loss of license, CDL, bus driver and hazardous materials restrictions; loss of student financial aid; loss of parental rights; and a myriad of employment related restrictions depending upon the offense of conviction. Also included in the presentation is a discussion of remedies such as record expungement, rehabilitative review, and executive clemency.

In recognition of Art Besse’s effort to provide valuable training opportunities for correctional staff, the Executive Board of CEA-Wisconsin is pleased to present him with the 2009 CEA-W Showcase Award.

For being named the recipient of the 2009 Showcase Award, the CEA-W Executive Board will present Art with a $250 grant to help defray the professional expenses to present a workshop at the 64th Annual CEA Conference in Madison on July 19-22.

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