Coronavirus is complicating post-prison reentry : The Indicator from Planet Money Reentering the world and the workforce after you've been in prison is hard enough at the best of times. The coronavirus pandemic has made it a whole lot harder.
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Leaving Prison In The COVID-19 Economy

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Leaving Prison In The COVID-19 Economy

Leaving Prison In The COVID-19 Economy

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SAN QUENTIN, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: An aerial view San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Leaving prison to reenter the workforce and society at large has never been an easy transition. But the difficulties faced by people who have just been released from prison have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Social services are now overwhelmed by demand. Mass unemployment and a slump in the economy have punched a hole in the labor force. When it comes to accessing government support and applying for work, people who've been incarcerated in the past are finding themselves pushed way down the line.

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