Freedom to Achieve: Pathways and Practices for Economic Advancement After Incarceration

"The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population and more than one-quarter of its prisoners. For men and women reentering the workforce after incarceration, finding any kind of employment is difficult, and it’s nearly impossible for them to find jobs that pay family-supporting wages and offer opportunities for long-term economic advancement. More than half a million people leave prison each year, and many of them are unable to find work—and that leads to recidivism. When formerly incarcerated people are excluded from quality employment, they are far more likely to return to prison than they would be if they were working. More than two-thirds of people who served time in jail—approximately 68 percent—are rearrested within three years of their release. Taking into account all people with criminal records who are excluded from the economy, the loss of workers, taxpayers, and consumers results in an estimated loss of more than $78 billion in GDP per year." Continue reading here.

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