Each year an average of more than 17,000 people are released from prison in Louisiana. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Louisiana, there are 389 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 102 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in Louisiana is Health Care, with 58 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like Registered Nurses, which has a median wage of $28.29 per hour. Additionally, there are 151 regulations that restrict serving on commissions and other elected offices, such as serving on the Veterans’ Affairs Commission.



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