Long Odds For Returning Inmates’ Success in D.C.

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Returning to society after a stint behind bars can be difficult, but those coming back to Washington, D.C., after doing time face particularly long odds, says a report issued today by the nonprofit Council for Court Excellence, reports the Washington Post. The group says 1 in 22 adults in the capital are “under some form of correctional control,” including jail or probation. Prisoners are often housed in federal facilities as far away as the West Coast, and most of the struggles resulting from a criminal record are borne by the city’s black residents. “D.C.’s returning citizens face a variety of challenges that returning citizens elsewhere simply do not confront,” the report says, noting the city’s status as a federal district rather than a state. “It does not have to be this way.”

 

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