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The Case For Hiring Ex-Offenders New research shows how keeping people with criminal records out of


Beleaguered former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in the news again recently when a excerpt from her 1996 book It Takes a Village turned up on Twitter. In the selected passage, Clinton described prison labor in questionable terms during her time living in Arkansas’s governor’s mansion in the 1980s:

Concerned netizens have been debating passionately about whether the above passage constitutes slavery, and rightfully so. But it’s also worth questioning Clinton’s assumption that the prison laborers were unsafe to begin with. Ultimately, she came to the realization many employers arrive at, which is that people with criminal records do not necessarily make for bad or unsafe workers. But it’s those kinds of assumptions that keep people with criminal records excluded from the workforce, especially when they’re released from prison, and at great consequence to the economy. FULL ARTICLE