Advocates: Louisiana making progress on prison-to-workforce-reentry, but more work to be done

(The Center Square) – It’s no secret that workers are facing a tough job market.

Restrictions and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic have many employers considering laying people off, if they haven’t already. Employers who have furloughed employees are wondering when they can bring them back.

And as with most downturns, it’s the people who already were struggling who are in the toughest position, said Will Harrell, a criminal and juvenile justice consultant.

“Poor people are going to be hit the hardest,” he said. “And poor people with criminal convictions, and that’s most people with criminal convictions, are going to be hit harder than that.”

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