A former inmate on the perils of life after prison

Every year, more than 600,000 individuals are freed from America’s jails and prisons.

But many of America’s former inmates face numerous obstacles when integrating back into public life once free, according to Wes Caines and his former colleagues Scott Hechinger and Hannah McCrea at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender service in New York City.

Former prisoners are routinely denied employment, housing, education, and other benefits that would help ease their integration into...

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