Each year an average of nearly 3,000 people are released from prison in Massachusetts. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Massachusetts, there are 70 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 22 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment categories with the most restrictions in Massachusetts are Gaming and Law Enforcement & Security, with nine mandatory restrictions each for any felony. Occupations restricted include good-paying jobs like Police Officer, which has a median wage of $29.14 per hour.



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