Feb. 1 – ABA Journal
Being kept out of the job market, particularly if you have a criminal record, is at the heart of the problem, says Melissa L. Williams, who oversees on a pro bono basis the Wiley Resource Center, a legal clinic that provides free consultations and helps people expunge or seal their criminal records.
“Some people are bad seeds. For others, it’s their environment and they don’t have any opportunities,” she says. “A lot of folks will tell you, ‘If I were able to get a job, it would help me change.’ ”