Hello this is from the if we don’t have one we ought to get one file! I read this morning that Georgia has some 4.2 million former felons for whom the unemployment rate is near 15% the state’s unemployment rate for everybody else is about 3.4%. According to reports 40% of Georgia’s population has had a felony or Misdemeanor on their record, so a lot of people are having a hard time finding a job and housing. The economic empact of formerly jailed residents not being able to get a decent job for last year alone was an average loss of $36.000 per person. A total of roughly $2.6 billion in loss buying power and the state taxes that go along with it. As a result Georgia State Rep. Mandi Ballanger has introduced “The Second Chance Bill” in the Georgia house, A number of District attorney offices as well as prison reform groups and other are on board supporting the bill that would provide expungement of records after time is served and certain benchmarks are met. So why is what’s going on in “Georgia on my mind”? well here in Mississippi we have a simular problem. Convicted people getting out of jail who can’t get a job! I don’t know if we have an offical expungement program but we should. Mississippi already has had one of it’s most violent years within it’s penal system ever. The Corrections Department should have figured out that you can’t treat people like animals with no glimmer of hope, you only build a better criminal.