2021 Policy Platform

2021 Policy Platform

Remove barriers to employment, housing, and opportunity

People with past criminal records and convictions face lifetime barriers to employment, housing, education, driver’s licenses, and other pathways to opportunity. These barriers make it difficult for returning citizens to achieve what we all seek: to support ourselves and our families, lead fulfilling lives, and positively contribute to our communities. Removing obstacles to opportunity will not only allow returning citizens to move forward with their lives, but also improve public safety and Florida’s economy.

People with past criminal records and convictions face lifetime barriers to employment, housing, education, driver’s licenses, and other pathways to opportunity. These barriers make it difficult for returning citizens to achieve what we all seek: to support ourselves and our families, lead fulfilling lives, and positively contribute to our communities. Removing obstacles to opportunity will not only allow returning citizens to move forward with their lives, but also improve public safety and Florida’s economy.

People with past criminal records and convictions face lifetime barriers to employment, housing, education, driver’s licenses, and other pathways to opportunity. These barriers make it difficult for returning citizens to achieve what we all seek: to support ourselves and our families, lead fulfilling lives, and positively contribute to our communities. Removing obstacles to opportunity will not only allow returning citizens to move forward with their lives, but also improve public safety and Florida’s economy.

Second-chance hiring policies:

Having a criminal record reduces job callbacks and offers by at least 50% on average.

  • 50% 50%

Housing:

Formerly incarcerated people are almost 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general public.

Returning citizens who cannot access stable housing are twice as likely to reoffend than those with stable housing.

  • Florida prison recidivism rate: 33% 33%
  • Florida prison recidivism rate for the homeless: 66% 66%

Education:

Two-thirds of surveyed returning citizens want to return to school after their release.

Yet fewer than 27% were able to continue with education or training of any kind.

The cost of tuition (58%), transportation to or distance from school (33%), and inability to get an educational loan because of criminal conviction (25%) were among the main barriers.

Any form of education is associated with a 43-percent reduction in recidivism.

Of the 30,000 inmates released annually from Florida prisons, only 1,500 had access to any type of education while incarcerated.

Drivers License:

Seventy-two percent of driver license suspensions in Florida are for unpaid fines and fees not for unsafe driving.

 
FRRC is committed to understanding how these issues affect returning citizens and developing solutions that improve their lives. See below for our current resources, and stay tuned for more!
 
Implement second-chance hiring policies: 2-page fact sheet | Fact sheet with citations

 

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