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The U.S. Loses When Former Prisoners and People Convicted of Felonies Can't Re-Enter the Labor Market


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The U.S. Loses When Former Prisoners and People Convicted of Felonies Can't Re-Enter the Labor Market

WASHINGTON - Washington, D.C. — Decades of “tough on crime” criminal justice policies have resulted in a large and still growing population of former prisoners and people with felony convictions. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) estimates that the reduction in the overall employment rate caused by the barriers faced by former prisoners and people convicted of felonies costs the United States $78 to $87 billion in annual GDP.

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