Jordan Poverty Q1
One of the best ways to keep people out of poverty is to position them so they have every opportunity to succeed and achieve financial security and family stability. Folks need employment opportunities, housing opportunities and opportunities to better themselves by getting an education. But more than eight million Californians and 70 million people across the country living with a past conviction are barred from these opportunities because of a past mistake. These are folks who have long since completed their sentence and who just want the opportunity to move on with their lives. Nationally we lose 87 billion dollars in GDP every year because we exclude people with past convictions from the workforce. That has to change. We need to commit to enabling people to overcome past mistakes and move on with their lives successfully.