Washington, D.C., is plagued by income inequality, unemployment and underemployment. The numbers are exacerbated among the more than 60,000 Returning Citizens – formerly incarcerated persons reentering society after serving in prison – who call D.C. home. A mandate on hiring to support their reentry will be a powerful tool in diverting an even deeper spike in income inequality, reducing recidivism and stabilizing communities.
Take action now to call on the D.C. government to support their reentry into employment and society by enacting a phased-in mandate for companies to hire Returning Citizens (click here for more information on the problem and the mandate). Doing so not only will reduce recidivism, stabilize our communities and begin to close the vast income gap across the District.