Break the Cycle of Crime: Support Employment Opportunities for Ex-Convicts

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Do you believe in a second chance? Do you believe that someone can change? Over 70 million Americans have a criminal record, and many of these people face discrimination based off of their criminal background when applying for employment opportunities. A felon's past offenses could have occurred back when they were an young adult, or be more recent, but both situations still makes it very difficult for these people to find jobs, and more specifically jobs that they can support them and their families with. 

Currently in the United States, over 83% of felons will be convicted of another offense, and 44% of those offenses will be within the first year after release. Over 600,000 people in the US make the transition from being incarcerated to being re-integrated into society every year. Being labeled as ex-offenders, these people don't have the same rights and opportunities that normal American citizens have. They lose their right to vote, jury service, parental benefits, public social benefits and housing, but most importantly, they are restricted from gaining lawful employment. Without a job, the people are often forced back into the lifestyles that landed up in prison to begin with. This needs to change.

The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Workers’ Rights. "Every person of age has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union."

We need government agencies to realize that this problem is perpetuating the cycle of crime and over populating our prisons, ruining lives of both convicts and their families. We need the government to support initiatives to promote fair employment for felons.