Should Prison Offenders Be Abolished?

1311 WordsMay 23, 20166 Pages
“I served my sentence. I paid my debt to society. Why am I still doing time?" As a country, we could put at least 220,000 ready and willing workers back on the books if we made it easier for ex-felons. More ex-felon lenient laws should be passed towards job employment because it will lower unemployment rates, bring out productive members of society, and give them a second chance to redeem themselves. Ex-offenders face numerous challenges once released from a period of incarceration. In addition to financial, social, family, and community reintegration, they face enormous barriers to employment. Ex-felons are prohibited from certain occupations including contact with children, medical and health services, security, and government jobs, by laws and legal restrictions including limitations for professional licensing. Potential employers legally discriminate against hiring ex-felons, regardless of the nature of their convictions. The first reason why more ex-felon lenient laws should be passed towards job employment is because it will significantly lower unemployment rates. Especially regarding men, these rates would decrease immensely. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, Men with criminal records account for about 34 percent of all nonworking men ages 25 to 54. This poll represents one in every three males in that particular age group. It can be seen that these men contribute to a large portion of unemployment rates in America.
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