“You make a mistake and there are no second chances, even if you want to do the right thing. Nobody will hire you once you have a record.”
That was the voice of a young man who spoke at a community meeting last week in West Palm Beach’s Gaines Park, in a neighborhood that’s been wracked this summer with gun violence — and which generally sees too much of crime, drugs and joblessness.
There are, we all know, no easy solutions to this problem. But it would certainly help if we could make it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs once they have served their prison time or probation.
As many as 1.5 million Floridians have felony convictions, according to the American Civil…
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