Each year an average of nearly 24,000 people are released from prison in New York. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In New York, there are 149 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 643 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in New York is Health Care, with 16 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like Pharmacists,1 which has a median wage of $57.10 per hour.


1            The regulation restricting those with felony convictions from pharmacist-related employment is not limited to Pharmacists, nor does it include all Pharmacists. The regulation only pertains to employment with manufacturers or distributors of controlled substances not intended for human or animal consumption.




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