We talk of formerly incarcerated individuals as having paid their debt to society, of having done their time. The reality is starkly different.
More than 2 million New Yorkers with conviction records are systematically denied access to employment, housing and education, essentially shackling them for life. Just a single conviction can reduce someone’s lifetime earnings by $100,000. For those imprisoned, they stand to lose $500,000 in wages over the course of their life.
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