Thursday, June 30, 2016

Convicted and Unemployed

John Stossel

Just got out of jail? Odds are that within five years, you'll get caught doing something illegal and go back to jail.   This is bad for ex-cons, their victims, their families and America.  Some of these people, of course, are career criminals who ought to stay in jail. But most are people who deserve another chance. They are more likely to stay straight if they find work. Work gives people purpose. It fills the idle hours that get many people into trouble.  But America makes it extra hard for ex-cons to find work. Some states make it illegal.

Illinois bans ex-convicts from more than 118 professions........Why do states have so many restrictions? "There are two forces at work," says Rasmussen. "One, government bureaucrats like being busybodies, deciding who gets to do what." They think that makes the world safer......To Read More...... 

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