Special Guest: Lester Young
I admit it. I have been one of those people reluctant to work with ex-offenders under the assumption that once trouble – always trouble. However, my mindset has changed over the years. I am pleased to have Lester Young on my show today to humanize people on the other side and why we need to realize the value of people that have decided to head down the path of being a productive members of society
I’ve realized that our society often sets up those released from prison for failure through a myriad of barriers to re-entry. These barriers include employers that are unwilling to take risks on those with criminal records and landlords who are reluctant to make housing available. On the regulatory side, many professions from hair stylist to massage therapist to tattoo/piercing artist have licensing requirements that prevent those with a criminal record to obtain them.
On top of this, many people with a criminal background have a significant debt load in the form of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs), which impacts their ability to pay for rent, transportation, child support or other basic necessities. It is no wonder that we have such a high recidivism rate.
We need to realize and recognize the need for change!
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