6. The obstacles to a second chance

Illustration of a person standing next to a barbed wire fence with a sun in the background
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Laws and stigma keep certain jobs, housing and even transportation off-limits to the formerly incarcerated, making it difficult for those returning to their families to restart their lives.

Why it matters: People of color are disproportionately imprisoned in the U.S., and people looking to get hired after serving time are more likely to deal with restrictions that can force some back into similarly desperate circumstances that led to their arrest.

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