A job can keep a man out of prison. The catch is that the people statistically most likely to go to prison--those who have spent time in prison before--are also the people statistically least likely to get a job. The studies vary a bit: the unemployment rate is somewhere between 50 and 75 percent for former prisoners a year after release.
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The job market is competitive enough these days. An application with a check mark in that box beside "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" is sometimes just one less application a prospective employer has to read.
New York City may even that playing field this week.More »