From District Dispatch:

In a rather different substantive direction, I also attended the launch of a new initiative on justice, work and opportunity by the R Street Institute here in Washington. The core of this initiative is the premise that jobs for ex-offenders are critical for them to reintegrate into society. Society, however, erects barriers for ex-offenders seeking to obtain employment, which ultimately leads to high recidivism. The new initiative Justice for Work is “a coalition of organizations spanning the ideological spectrum which seeks to respond to proposals for mandatory, government-run background checks and fingerprint collection in private industry hiring practices.”

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