Criminal justice reform is finally garnering serious bipartisan support at the state and federal level and the tech community has been leading the way - from dropping the box on job applications to investing in coding and other training programs that ease the path to employment for former offenders. But the challenge for reformers remains daunting: nationally, as many as 70 percent of people with records are unemployed a year after release from prison. In Illinois, 47 percent return to prison after release.
How is the tech community already contributing to criminal justice reform? And what policy changes or private initiatives could help expand opportunities for those involved in the justice system - or keep them from getting there in the first place?
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