For the 70 million adults with a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record and the hundreds of thousands more each year released from prison, their record can be a life sentence of poverty and low wages. Legislation banning employment in specific occupations only serves to make it more difficult for those with records to rebuild their lives after leaving prison.

Instead of pushing those with conviction records to the margins, and preventing them from making ends meet, policies should help give all workers, including those who have been incarcerated, a fair shot at financial stability.

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