In this article, we will focus on employer-based tax incentives for hiring ex-offenders. Central to the discussion will be the Work Opportunity Tax Credit ("WOTC"), which provides a tax credit to employers who hire qualified employees/ex-offenders under the program. Additionally, we will explore various state programs modeled on a tax-based incentive and conduct a comparative assessment of where federal and state programs are effective and where there is potential for reform. Without targeted policy solutions to address employment obstacles, ex-offenders are left facing persistent employment barriers as they attempt to return to their communities and start a new life after incarceration.
Israel X. Nery & Scott B. Astrada,
Taxation and Reducing Recidivism: A Legal Comparative Analysis of Reducing Recidivism in States and a Federal Solution for the Future,
U.D.C. L. Rev.
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