In a country that is home to more than 20% of the world’s prison population but just 5% of the global population, the impact is profound: “It’s not just mass incarceration. We have a system of mass criminalization,” Roberts said. In addition to housing, employment and occupational licenses, records block people from adoption, volunteering, voting and taking care of elderly relatives.
Black Americans are disproportionately affected – more likely to be stopped, arrested, cited, imprisoned, charged with felonies, convicted, handed longer sentences and saddled with records that further deepen inequalities for generations.
That’s post-conviction poverty: folks are subjected to horrible working conditions and predatory industries