Prisoners can’t find work when they get out — this could easily change that

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While PEP has demonstrated an impressive record of helping people find work and avoid crime, its success, and the success of those leaving prison, is hindered by the state of Texas.

More than one-third of the 600,000-plus people released from incarceration each year will return to prison within three years. While there are many factors behind this failure, the largest is a lack of work for ex-offenders. People leaving prison are faced with thousands of harsh, overly broad occupational licensing restrictions that keep them out of work.