Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told local government leaders Monday that they needed to find ways to help felons find jobs once they leave prison, saying that doing so is good for both the economy and rehabilitation.

“The best thing that you can do for the economy is help those individuals become part of an economy rather than recidivate,” Acosta said in a speech to the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C. “The best thing you can do for your community and the safety of your community is give those individuals a job and a stake in the

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