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Laws Keep Ex-Offenders from Finding Work, Experts Say

Friday, July 29, 2011

  • Rabiah Alicia Burks
  • American Bar Association News Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today heard from legal experts that people with arrest and conviction records face legal barriers when seeking employment, and that this has an overall economic and social impact on society.

“Our criminal justice system is broken,” said Stephen Saltzburg, a professor of law, and a former chair of the Criminal Justice Section,of the American Bar Association. “We incarcerate people for far too long, and the consequences of incarceration are far too harsh on the lives of these people.”

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