Each year an average of more than 18,000 people are released from prison in Washington.
State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction
records, to find good paying employment.
In Washington, there are 96 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 65 mandatory employment restrictions.
The employment category with the most restrictions in Washington is Health Care, with
15 mandatory restrictions for any felony. In that category, people with felony convictions
are ineligible for temporary practice permits for a variety of good-paying jobs, including
Optometrists, which has a median wage of $50.12 per hour.