Hello everyone and welcome
My name is Sofie Tofte, and I am studying sociology at the University of Texas. I am here today to give a speech about the importance of giving ex-cons a second chance, and the effect it has on both society and the American businesses, while we are not giving them a second chance
Prisoners’ opportunities after their release, and what it causes:
At this moment, 2.3 million people are incarcerated across America , and keeping prisoners behind bars costs about $50 a day - money which is paid by American Taxpayers . I agree, that the incarcerated who are violent, rapist and sexual offenders belong in the prisons , but not all crimes are the same, and we must be able to distinguish. A lot of the incarcerated are low-level offenders, who is nonviolent and they do not have a significant criminal history .
Therefore, I think they deserve a second chance - but it is not that easy. Every year, more than 600,000 people are released from prison , and statistics show that 97% of offenders will return to the societies they came from before committing the offense . They all return with a wish of returning to the labour market, but they do not get a fair chance to compete for jobs. Instead, a lot of them are committing new crimes and therefore goes back to prison. Statistics show that it is because of unemployment . 262,000 federal prisoners were released from 2002 to 2006, and half of those committed a new crime. . A study from 2009 shows that up to 75% of ex-cons were unemployed until a year after their release , and 67% of ex-cons are returning to prison within three years .