Monica Jahner at her comic book shop. Jahner works with A.R.R.O., re-entry program helping ex-offenders transition into the workplace.

A box hinders ex-offenders from moving on from their past

The box was holding her back.

It was on every job application form: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” Monica Jahner had to answer yes.

About 650,000 people are released from prison or jail each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. About two-thirds will likely be re-arrested. But re-entry programs are working to decrease the number of ex-offenders go back to prison. For many ex-offenders, that work starts with getting a job.