Newly released inmates face challenges around housing, support, employment

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Inmates being released amid the coronavirus pandemic are facing big uncertainties regarding support services and employment. Photo credit: Pixabay.

California officials are releasing some inmates in an attempt to reduce COVID-19 contagion behind bars. These former inmates are finding the outside world to be a strange new place. Some of them don’t know if they’re infected with coronavirus. They’re also reentering the world when jobs are scarce, assistance programs are burdened, and anxiety is high.