Across the country inequities in our justice system further disadvantage low-wage workers, particularly people of color. Even for the most minor infractions, fees, fines and unpaid bail can result in long jail stays without judicial recourse, exacerbated by the loss of income and employment. Reentry into the job market after a jail or prison term is challenging under the best circumstances. EARN partners document how criminal justice dysfunction undermines the prospects of thousands and suggest policies that can open pathway improvements in the economic prospects—and therefore the long-term economic stability—of formerly incarcerated people and their families.
- September 28, 2018
- Policy Matters Ohio
- Donald Hutcherson, Ph.D., Amy Hanauer
In Ohio, many people are in prison either for violating probation in ways that are not themselves a crime, or for possessing or using drugs. Keeping them in prison is expensive and drains resources for other needs like education, health care or job training. It is also extremely costly to Ohio families, Ohio communities, and the Ohio economy.