To Reduce Recidivism, States Scrap Barriers for Ex-Offenders

Hoping to make it easier for people leaving prison to re-enter society — and avoid going back — several states enacted laws aimed at helping ex-offenders get jobs, pay off court debt, and access food stamps.

People exiting prison often struggle to find work and housing, and many legislators say the law continues to punish them as they are hit with court debt and barred from entering certain professions and, in some places, from getting public assistance.

Source: To Reduce Recidivism, States Scrap Barriers for Ex-Offenders