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Americans Locked Up

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Years ago, I helped ex-cons find jobs through a non-profit organization.  Most were non-violent drug offenders who are dumped back on the streets with not much chance of a job.  I won’t talk about our new American apartheid at this time, but I can say that our so called criminal justice system is creating a huge class of unemployable angry young men who could explode on society at any time.

As I was writing this, a number came up on MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry:

 

U.S. Adults in State or Federal Prison or Local Jail:

2,220,300

 

That’s 2.2 million.  Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have smaller populations.  If you add adults who are incarcerated with those on parole or probation, the number jumps to 6,899,000.  Almost 7 million.  This is seven million people who are going to have difficulty getting hired in traditional jobs.

 

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In addition, having a criminal record might mean you will have trouble getting or even be excluded from receiving a driver’s license, student loan, public housing, or food stamps.  How can you go from a jail cell to a contributing member of society on your own without extra impediments?

 

From that time, I have been developing a system of anytime anywhere income so ex-cons can earn an honest living without depending on an employer or kissing anyone’s ass.  Many ex-cons went to jail for a reason. They’re screwups. They don’t have job skills, and when they have jobs, they mess them up or just don’t show up.

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