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Don’t ‘Punish Them More.’ Effort Grows to Ease Job Barriers After Prison Release
Nearly 2,000 formerly incarcerated people return to Cleveland each year with few job prospects. Some lawmakers want to change that.
Stan Donaldson Jr.
How Criminal Records Hold Back Millions of People
More than 70 million Americans with arrest records face barriers to find work or a decent place to live.
December 2, 2021
Banned From Jobs: People Released From Prison Fight Laws That Keep Punishing Them.
Post-conviction employment bans put many on the road back to prison.
May 20, 2021
Does Banning People With Felonies From Dating Apps Actually Make Anyone Safer?
“It’s using the justice system as a barometer of someone’s worth.”
February 4, 2016
Six States Where Felons Can’t Get Food Stamps
Few holdouts remain, as drug-war-era bans on benefits are lifted.