Each year an average of more than 12,000 people are released from prison in Michigan.
State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction
records, to find good paying employment.
In Michigan, there are 94 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony
convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 74 mandatory
The employment category with the most restrictions in Michigan is Health Care, with
14 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include
those involving employment or contract work at a nursing home, county medical care facility, hospice, hospital, home for the aged, or home health agency, many of which pay good wages. Additionally, there are 14 regulations that restrict serving on commissions and other elected offices, such as serving in the state legislature.