Al Cien: Campaign to Reentry

Al Cien (“I’m 100”) Campaign to Reentry is Puente’s campaign to help formerly incarcerated people restore their civil rights and to expose the injustices of Arizona’s rights restoration system. We believe that people who gain their civil rights back after incarceration have a stronger path towards reintegrating into their communities, and are less likely to go back to jail or prison. Our goal is to help people who have been inside thrive when they get back home. We want you to be better than good -- you deserve to get to cien/100 in every aspect of your life!

Civil rights protect people from unfair treatment; they include the right to vote, the right to a fair trial, the right to government services, the right to a public education, and the right to use public facilities, among others. Unfortunately, some of these rights are taken away if you are convicted of a felony crime, and the state of Arizona makes rights restoration a difficult process. The state creates barriers to restoration because they want to suppress the vote, limit what kinds of people have access to political power, and continue criminalizing people in order to feed the racist prison industrial complex. Elected officials have failed to invest in the necessary infrastructure needed like adequate housing, good education, job opportunities, and other support services that keep people out of jails and prisons for good. People in power make money and stay powerful when we are kept down. 

But not anymore. We’re determined to beat the system and get your rights restored so we can have a greater influence on the decisions made about our lives, starting with the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election. 


Punishment doesn’t stop once you’ve done your time 

We’re here because we believe in second chances. But, the criminal justice system in Arizona creates endless obstacles for people convicted of crimes, so they often never truly get their second chance. Punishment doesn’t stop once you’ve done your time. 

In addition to the direct consequences of a felony conviction (such as jail/prison time, probation, fines, fees, and restitution), a felony conviction has further consequences that can affect peoples’ lives many years down the line, including:  

  • Suspending the right to make yourself heard through voting
  • Suspending the right to represent your community by holding a public office 
  • Suspending the right to contribute to an unbiased and representative criminal justice system by serving on a jury
  • Suspending the right to possess a firearm 
  • Influencing your immigration status
  • Applying limitations on your ability to gain access to public housing programs and housing rentals, thereby impacting your human right to affordable and adequate housing
  • Applying limitations on student financial aid if you decide to go back to school
  • Applying restrictions on applying for certain jobs or licenses, including:
    • Barbers & beauticians; Acupuncturists; Athletic trainers; Contractors; Security Guards; Real Estate Agents; Accountants; Physicians; Nurses

We can help you restore your rights after a felony conviction

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The state doesn’t make it easy, but Puente can help you restore your rights. Al Cien offers voter restoration clinics where we will walk you through the process of getting your rights restored, from helping you look for documents to filling out the application forms you need. We work hard to make sure our clinics are safe, judgement-free spaces for everyone.

Our clinics help folks who have been convicted of a misdemeanor of felony crime(s) to apply for:

  • Restoration of rights
  • Restoration of gun rights 
  • Fingerprint clearance cards
  • Motions for reconsideration (re-submitting your application to restore Civil Rights, Set Aside, or restore Gun Rights)

What you should bring:*

  • Case number(s) 
  • Charge(s)
  • Date(s) of conviction 
  • Certificate of Absolute Discharge or copy of Discharge from Probation 

*We can help you track down paperwork and information on outstanding fines and fees if you need it.

What to know: 

If you have 1 felony conviction: Your civil rights will be restored automatically. You must pay all fines, fees, and restitution. You must re-register to vote. Your right to possess a firearm is not automatically restored. Come to a clinic to learn how to register to vote, pay fines, and apply for your right to possess a firearm.

If you have 2 or more felony convictions: You must apply to restore your civil rights. You must wait two years after your “absolute discharge” before applying to restore your rights. If you were on probation and completed your probation, you do not need to wait to apply. 

If you were convicted of a federal felony: You must apply to have your charges set aside or expunged in the state where you were convicted. You must wait 5 years after completion of your sentence to apply for restoration of your rights. 

Useful Resources:

Find your criminal record.
Obtain your criminal history record from the Department of Public Safety 

Find your case number.
For charges starting from the year 2000, you can find your case number on the Superior Court website

Incarceration Trends in Arizona.
by Vera Institute