07/31/2014 09:10 am ET Updated Jul 31, 2014

Out Of Prison, But Not Free (VIDEO)

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Most of us understand how hard it is for someone to resume life after a stint of incarceration. We’ve heard about the profound barriers ex-offenders face in the job market—9 out of 10 large employers now run criminal background checks, often in ways that violate clear federal rules against jobs bias. During election years, we often hear about the voting rights restrictions some people with criminal records face. And if you follow the issue closely, then you may even know about the huge number of other potential restrictions—on the ability to get student financial aid, to live in public housing, to obtain hundreds of occupational licenses, and more.

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