Dire Economic Prospects for Released Prisoners

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Mary Pilon

09/28/2010 - What does incarceration do to the pursuit of the American Dream?

That’s the question at the heart of a new report out today from Pew Charitable Trusts, based on research co-authored by professors Bruce Western of Harvard and Becky Pettit of University of Washington.

Today, 2.3 million Americans are in prison. In 1980, 500,000 were. And their ability to get ahead once they are no longer behind bars may carry stark consequences for their families, society and the economy, the report finds


“Kids shouldn’t be punished for the mistakes made by their parents,” Adam Gelb, director of Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project says. “It’s an intergenerational problem.”

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