According to National Employment Law Project estimates, nearly 3.9 million adults in Illinois have a criminal record, which excludes them from jobs and employment. That number rises significantly when you consider the United States as a whole.
Experts say a vast majority of the incarcerated are charged with offenses such as: drug possession–or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver (a controlled substance), theft, forgery, retail theft, deceptive practices or possession of burglary tools. But how is this possible in a wealthy country that claims to be founded upon biblical principles? Is this country against some of its citizens? Why hasn’t its political leaders created opportunities that prevent its most needy from resorting to crime?
LOPIM’s Prison Ministry of dedicated staff: