Give the unemployed a second chance, especially those unemployed due to criminal records

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
February 05 2015


Give the unemployed a second chance (“While discrimination against the long-term unemployed is permissible under the law, for individuals with a criminal conviction, it’s often mandatory. A groundbreaking report by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recently documented over 45,000 legal barriers faced by those with a criminal record — in employment, housing, student financial aid, access to a business license or a driver’s license, or even the right to vote….

A criminal record should not disqualify one from having a life

The impact of these barriers is massive and disproportionately affects communities of color (that’s partly because, as you can see below, communities of color have a much higher chance of going to prison than their white counterparts).”) (A link to NACDL’s report — Collateral Damage: America’s Failure to Forgive or Forget in the War on Crime – A Roadmap to Restore Rights and Status After Arrest and Conviction — is available here.)