Each year an average of nearly 1,000 people are released from prison in Maine. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Maine, there are 88 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 33 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in Maine is Health Care, with 34 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like Chiropractors, which has a median wage of $30.22 per hour.



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