Rehabilitation and reintegration into society are not just words:
Social, economic and environmental factors play a bigger role in a person’s health outcomes, they argue. Housing, employment, education, transportation and access to healthy food are known as “social determinants of health.”
But people with criminal records face barriers to accessing some key health determinants, such as housing and employment. The “Second Chance Act” moving through the North Carolina legislature would help remove some barriers for people with certain nonviolent criminal records and make it easier for these folks to access the things that make them healthier.
Everybody reading this has broken the law at one point or another. And most of us have actually endangered the lives of others in doing so (driving while impaired, excessive speeding). Making a living and caring for your family is difficult enough in today's economy, and it's virtually impossible to do so with a criminal record. This bill would provide some relief from that: