For decades now, formerly incarcerated individuals who are returning to their community have had difficulty starting a new life. A series of obstacles makes it challenging for them to get back on their feet. More than 600,000 people are released from state and federal prison every year, but almost two-thirds of those are re-arrested within three years of their release. We need to address the high rate of recidivism in our country by supporting re-entry programs.

I’m introducing a bill that focuses on re-entry programs in South Carolina. However, this must be a fundamental national priority for our next president. Hillary Clinton will be a leader to ensure that the pathway to success for those recently incarcerated is not littered with hurdles. She will work to produce good-paying job opportunities and affordable education, health care, and housing because this second opportunity is good for our families and communities. She’s the type of leader we need in the White House, one who wants to elevate our citizens, regardless of their backgrounds.

Join me for a bright future for America.

Sen. Margie Matthews

S.C. Senate District 45

E. Washington Street

Walterboro