How ‘Collateral Consequences’ Complicate Life After Prison

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After serving 20 months of a 30-month prison sentence for drug crimes in Washington State, Tara Simmons looked for a job commensurate with her qualifications as a licensed registered nurse and a bachelor’s degree.

She had no luck.

“I interviewed [for] everything from a nurse position to being a representative in a call center for a cell phone company,” recalled Simmons of her 2013 job search.

“Every time, it was, ‘We want to hire you, pending a check . . .

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