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Should Ex-Convicts Be Prioritised In The Job Market?
Ex-convicts should be prioritised in the job market
Ex-convicts are at a disadvantage vis-a-vis regular citizens even though they should be fully equal.
Giving ex-convicts stable jobs
the likelihood of them re-offending.
It allows ex-convicts to be more easily integrated back into society.
If someone is wrongfully convicted then financial compensation as usually occurs does not counteract discriminations in employment, as many employers may not inquire beyond felon-status, which cannot be revoked.
This could increase productivity through improving total employment. If productivity increases alongside consumption and aggregate demand, then inflation will not be an issue.
Developed nations have stronger judicial systems and the US specifically has high incarceration rates. Many prisoners perform labor
below minimum wage
during their sentence, however this labor is not utilised upon their release.
A program for prioritising ex-convicts could give prisoners a substantial amount of hope, encouraging them to improve their skills while incarcerated. It could further enforce good behaviour.
It is not the responsibility of private employers to engage in social charity work.
It would be unfair to ruin the chances of financial stability for those who have never committed an offence.
Businesses may not want ex-convicts to make up a percentage of their workforce.
Different ex-convicts may have different skills, depending upon their prison programs and personal histories. Subsidising employment of felons would distort the labor market, potentially reducing the value of an ex-convict's skills relative to unskilled ex-convicts.
With these systems in place, customers and civilians may not trust certain businesses due to number of ex-convicts on staff.
Rather than prioritised, ex-convicts should be empowered with skills to compete fairly in the job market.
This potentially could incentivise some of the unemployed population to commit small crimes to secure a job in the future.
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