Should We Help EX-CONS Find Work What Are Their Rights?

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A few months back The Department of Labor and Justice announced the availability of approximately $12 million in grants to provide "workforce development and support services" to formerly incarcerated females as they move out of prison and back into their communities. The Justice Department says "If people are unable to secure jobs when they are released from incarceration, they cannot support themselves or their families – and there’s an increased chance that they will return to a life of crime," The blog also noted that for participants in the Labor Department’s Reintegration of Ex-Offenders program, the recidivism rate is just 14 percent -- far lower than the national average.  Thousands of formerly incarcerated nonviolent offenders are routinely denied access to employment, housing, education, public benefits and jury duty.

LET’S TALK AMERICA… Access to the ballot box is a basic democratic right…should former offenders be given the opportunity to vote for elected officials? Should those basic rights be reinstated upon their release? If not, are their civil rights being violated? With the unemployment rate stuck on high, and with jobs a main concern of the American electorate, the current administration says it will spend $12 million to help ex-cons find employment. Is this fair to the Americans who have never committed a crime, are unable to find steady employment, are financially strapped, and whose resources are tapped out in this economy? Lets talk America should ex- offenders have rights and get help from the government?  Hear from all sides of the isle: the ex-offender, the employer, and “Joe the plumber”.
 
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