Nonviolent ex-offenders find that employers don't want to hire them once they are released from prison. Some can't find work and inevitably fall back into bad habits just to get by. This leads to a cycle of poverty, drugs and imprisonment that is destroying our communities.
Minorities make up three-fourths of the prison population incarcerated for nonviolent crimes. African-Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for nonviolent drug crimes -- like simple possession -- even though whites and blacks use drugs at about the same rate.
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