Sentenced to Unemployment

Bruce Harrel is putting it out there that unemployment is the true penalty to our crimes. Read about how he is working to amend this problem.

Currently in Seattle, private employers can conduct a criminal background check on any job applicant before even agreeing to grant him or her an interview. The problem, laments Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, is that qualified workers who have done their time—or worse, were simply arrested and never charged with a crime—are still being denied jobs, or even interviews, as a form of passive punishment that continues long after they leave jail. “In fact, many job listings found online will bluntly state ‘No felons need apply,'” Harrell says. “We’re trying to eliminate that.”

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