The 'Second Chance Act': A Plan to Help Ex-Offenders
The 'Second Chance Act' was introduced in Congress recently. Gary Fields of the Wall Street Journal reports on the bill (free online here). The bill would assist prisoners released from jail who need housing, work and even id cards, which can be tough to get.
Who will this help? People like Jacqueline Smith, who for a year has had to commute an hour after work with her daughter to sleep at an ex-offender's shelter because her conviction precludes her from living in public housing.
In the kitchen of an Applebee's restaurant in Queens, N.Y., Jacqueline Smith has been a model hire. In less than two years working as a cook, she got a promotion to supervisor, doubled her salary and won the award for employee of the year.
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