After 1,500 hours of training, Pritzker speaks to prison barber school grads
“It’s good that Illinois is training people for a job that they can work in after prison because too many times we train them for professions they can’t legally work in,” said Shoshana Weissmann, a fellow with the nonprofit R Street Institute. “But, having to go through thousands of hours of training, sometimes that are irrelevant or not as important, in order to not be arrested for practicing a profession can be really abusive.”
The requirements are more difficult for someone of limited means, Weissmann said, since taking months to attend cosmetology school may not be feasible or affordable.
The effect is often higher costs for anything provided by a licensed industry.
“When you have people putting in more time and resources into completing something, you get fewer professionals,” Weissmann said.