Getting Out of Prison and Facing 48,000 Legal Restrictions
Date:  06-26-2017

With so many barriers are in place is it any wonder why recidivism rates are so high?
From the USA TODAY article When twisted justice stops prisoners from starting over:

The U.S. has one of the most restrictive justice systems in the world. Inmates are sentenced longer than in most countries and for infractions that elsewhere may not even bring jail time. More than 300,000 offenses are considered criminal in the U.S.

And after inmates leave the system, there are 48,000 legal restrictions that make it difficult for most to rebuild their lives. People with a criminal record are often barred from accessing housing along with certain jobs and professional licenses. In Washington, D.C., a person with a criminal record is ineligible for housing vouchers. In Wyoming, former prisoners are ineligible to operate a funeral home or hold certain county and municipal offices. In Missouri, some former convicts can’t work in a state agency. Ex-offenders are often hindered from voting.

For many, excessive restrictions make starting over difficult, if not impossible. Read the complete article here.