Barred From the Bar: The Winding Road From Prisoner to Lawyer – Big Law Business

By  – Bloomberg
As the U.S. prison population has surged over the decades, the legal profession’s distaste for former inmates has become more conspicuous.

Roughly 70 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have a criminal record of some kind, and nearly 700,000 are released from incarceration annually, according to the National Employment Law Project. More than 60 percent of formerly incarcerated people are unemployed a year after their release, according to the Sentencing Project, and those who do find work take home 40 percent a year less than those who haven’t served time.

Nationwide, 150 cities and counties have adopted laws that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories, as part of the “ban the box”movement.


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