Author Topic: Out of Prison Means Out of Work  (Read 1304 times)

Offline Chemsoldier

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Out of Prison Means Out of Work
« on: June 19, 2017, 07:12:51 AM »
Basic premise is studies have found many states of professional licensure laws that prohibit persons with certain kinds of criminal backgrounds (even those who have served their sentences) from obtaining professional licenses such as HVAC, barbers, cosmetologists and many other occupations or allow licensure boards to disqualify someone solely because of a criminal record.  They correlated restrictive licensure laws with higher recidivism rates.  Basically, if you have a record you are more likely to reoffend simply through lack of opportunity (in addition to any other issues).  Reducing these types of laws seems like a no brainer, especially the ones like barbers and cosmetologists where they are not in peoples houses like an HVAC dude might.

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Re: Out of Prison Means Out of Work
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 10:16:25 AM »
Agreed.  I'll add the restrictions should be fit the crime.  A one-sized restriction doesn't work.  The  restriction for someone convicted of embezzling/fraud should be much different than pedophilia or rape or assault.

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Re: Out of Prison Means Out of Work
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 01:17:45 PM »
there was a book written about this problem back in the 1800s, by Victor Hugo.  Very good book.  Later turned into a broadway play.  You may know the music?