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[Opinion] Maryland Offers a Second Chance for the Convicted

Capital Gazette

By Tatiana Pino

People leaving prison need jobs just as much as anyone else, but evidence suggests that reentry to the workforce is far from smooth: According to one recent study, the unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated people is five times higher than the unemployment rate for the general public. And some of the biggest barriers to gainful employment, especially in lower-income occupations, are occupational licensing laws that exclude people with criminal convictions.

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