Hello everybody, my name is Camilla and im a sociology student at the University of Texas I have been asked to come here and give a speech entitled “A second chance”. In my speech I will talk about the importance of giving ex-cons a second chance.
A study from 2009 shows that 75% ex-cons/ex-offenders are unemployed up to a year after release.
Almost 90% of large companies do employee background checks and many companies are not willing to hire someone with a criminal record.
Law enforcement officials, civil rights organizations and business leaders are saying that giving former inmates a better shot at employment is good for business and society.
65 million people in America have a criminal record and more than 600,000 are released from prison every year.