We have a punishment problem in this country. Nationwide 80 million, or 1-in-3, Americans have an arrest and/or conviction record, and is expected to grow to 100 million by 2030.
Of these 80 million, 2.5 million are in prisons and jails and another 4.5 million are on probation or parole. The question we ask at WNW is: Where are the other 73 million?
The unemployment rate for people with conviction histories is 27%. So, why aren’t employers hiring this population? We often think it is a lack of skills or training. But there is more to it than that.
There are 80 million people in the US with a conviction history. 2.5 million are in prisons and jails. 4.5 million are on probation or parole. Where are the other 73 million?
Having a conviction history, especially if you were incarcerated, is an economic death sentence. What’s Next Washington wants to change that.
We believe that all people deserve the right to move on and rebuild their lives.