Employment barriers remain a significant obstacle to reintegration for the millions of men and women with a criminal conviction. In Texas, state law prevents these individiuals from getting trade licenses to work in over 100 occupations—barbers, plumbers, and real estate agents to name a few. This is not serving the best interests of Texas citizens. If Texas continues to lock people out of public access, denying them the opportunity to give back to Lone Star communities, the state will continue to miss out on their positive contributions and achievements.
Prison Fellowship is currently working to remove unnecessary employment barriers in Texas by advocating to reform state occupational licensing laws. Join our efforts and sign the petition to encourage lawmakers and employers to give returning citizens a chance to compete in the job market.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE OVERVIEW
- 1 in 24 adults in the criminal justice system
- Taxpayer burden: $21,390 per prisoner per year
- Adults in prison: 168,280
- Adults in jail: 67,396
- Adults on probation: 405,653
- Adults on Parole: 112,288
- Rate of juveniles (per 100,000) in residential placement: 175