Today, 1 in every 100 American adults is incarcerated – and two-thirds of those who transition out of our jails and prisons eventually are rearrested.
There were 1.6 million drug arrests last year. 82% were for possession only. Of those charged with marijuana law violations, 750,591 (88 percent) were arrested for marijuana offenses involving possession only. That means three/quarter of a million human lives were destroyed for doing exactly what every American President has admitted doing since Jimmy Carter. The difference being those arrested will have received a life sentence when it comes to future employment.
There are over thirty thousand laws on the books in the U.S. that restrict a convicted person from working even though they have “paid their debt to society.”
One fifth of this nation’s economy is healthcare related, but most convicted persons are excluded from ever working in this industry for life, not just prohibited from being a doctor or nurse but from sweeping the floors or changing out bedpans.
Most convicted persons cannot rejoin their families even after they’ve paid their debt if they live in public housing.
Convicted persons cannot serve in the military even after their debt has been paid.
Convicted persons are prohibited in many states from working in schools, banks, the government, unions, or being a barber or a beautician.