Each year an average of nearly 73,000 people are released from prison in Texas. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Texas, there are 248 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 75 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in Texas is Health Care, with 55 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like Optometrists, which has a median wage of $46.82 per hour.



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