States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

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Stateline on June 18, 2015 by Rebecca Beitsch


Raymond Daughton has been out of prison for 36 days. When he got out he was homeless, had no clothes and no money.

All his belongings from his old apartment have disappeared. Daughton, 31, doesn’t want to get into trouble again, so he is staying out of his old neighborhood—one of the roughest parts of Baltimore—and distancing himself from some friends.

The past month has been a struggle of moving from couch to couch, scrounging some cash for a suit and tie, and applying for as many jobs as he can. Getting a job consumes him. He doesn’t care what he does; he just wants to earn enough money to gain custody of his two boys and support them.

But he’s worried no one will want to hire someone with a conviction for handgun possession who also served a previous prison sentence.