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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, September 26, 2022

Mitchell & Palagashvili on Licensing and Criminal Records

Matthew D. Mitchell and Liya Palagashvili (Fraser Institute and George Mason University - Mercatus Center) have posted Economic Freedom in the Period of Invisible Punishment: Occupational and Business Licensing Barriers That Restrict Access to Work for Those with Criminal Records (Mercatus Policy Brief Series) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In the United States, once people have been convicted of a crime—or, in many cases, even arrested for a crime—those people are marked for life in a way that allows states to deny them the right to earn a living in the profession of their choosing. In this short brief, we discuss the US incarceration rate, the collateral consequences to economic freedom as a result of conviction and arrest, and potential avenues for reform.

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