Each year an average of more than 18,000 people are released from prison in Pennsylvania. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Pennsylvania, there are 119 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 73 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in Pennsylvania is Law Enforcement & Security, with 20 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like Police Officer, which has a median wage of $28.92 per hour.



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