Bloomberg Law
May 9, 2022, 9:45 AM

Seeking Jobs After Jail, Freed Prisoners Say Biden Aid Lacking

Ayanna Alexander
Ayanna Alexander

Jason Hernandez, who spent nearly 20 years in prison, cheered the Biden administration’s plans to make it easier for people like him to re-enter the workforce.

But Hernandez and other formerly incarcerated people, as well as criminal justice advocates, now worry the actual proposals may fall short of expectations for those who served long sentences.

They say the proposals fail to address the real-world challenges faced when seeking jobs, such as how to explain long time gaps on resumes. And human resources professionals say the administration must commit more resources and work with employers to properly implement the changes.

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