Post incarceration so many struggle as so many businesses won’t hire individuals post incarceration. The reality is for most if given a change they are the best and most loyal team members. The story below is a success story. The barriers to re-entry laws and licensing laws that won’t license an ex-felon even for jobs like nail salons, massage, cosmetology etc need to be removed as barriers. Once the felon has been released from incarceration he/she has paid their debt to society there should not be long term punitive retribution. If you want to cut poverty, homelessness and crime then cut the barriers to re-entry.
Learn more in Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses To Enhance Entrepreneurial Job Growth:: Out of Prison, Out of Work
In a social media post, Joseph Valadez said he was incarcerated for half of his adult life but persevered and went on to graduate from CSULB. As a university, we’re proud to support students from all backgrounds, and we’re always inspired by student success.
Thank you for sharing your story, Joseph!
Photos by: CSULB student Miguel De La Rosa in linked story
Read Joseph’s full post from Facebook below:
“They say that “a picture is worth a thousand words” I’m here to debunk that stigma.
I finished my last two semesters at Long Beach on the “President’s Honor List” for making straight A’s.
Was also on the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.67
Not bad for someone who spent half his adult life in prison. There’s a misconception about guys like me that I want to break. If I can do it, anyone can.
Right now I’m waiting to see if I get accepted to the Masters Program MSW at Long Beach. Please wish me luck.
Photos were taken by a student photographer at the campus.”