Being convicted of a crime has thousands of consequences besides incarceration – and some last a lifetime

These women were released from an Oklahoma prison in 2019.AP Photo/Sue OgrockiCynthia A. Golembeski, Rutgers University Newark At least 77 million U.S. adults have criminal records, including nearly 7 million currently in prison or jail or on probation or parole.Typically, more than 10,000 of the incarcerated leave prison and nearly 200,000 churn through jails every week. But because more than 64,000 inmates and workers have become infected with the coronavirus so far, killing hundreds, some incarcerated people are being released ahead of schedule from COVID-19 hotspots.Kentucky, for example, …

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