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Each year an average of more than 2,000 people are released from prison in Montana. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Montana, there are 61 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 46 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in Montana is Law Enforcement & Security, with nine mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like public safety officers, including Police Officers,48 which has a median wage of $22.79 per hour.

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