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Is a green job a lifeline for people after prison – or a disappointment?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Scott Horton, a 55-year-old man with a felony conviction, has transitioned into a career as a solar panel installer after serving 19 years in prison
• The solar industry, experiencing a growth of 247% since 2011, has become an essential pathway for many formerly incarcerated individuals in the U.S.

🔭 The context: President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act has unlocked $369 billion for fighting climate change, including the creation of more than 100,000 clean energy jobs
• The solar industry, in particular, has become a unique opportunity for formerly incarcerated workers who face difficulties in re-entering the traditional labor force

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The rapid growth of the solar industry aligns with the urgent need to transition to renewable energy
• By providing opportunities for individuals with criminal records, the industry not only contributes to clean energy but also fosters social inclusion

⏭️ What's next: Challenges remain in the green job sector, such as low pay and harsh working conditions
• Activists, academics, and industry leaders must continue to advocate for fair wages, safer environments, and overcoming barriers for the formerly incarcerated

💬 One quote: “I told myself when I get out, I’m going to try to get my life back on track” (Scott Horton, former felon)

📈 One stat: 60% of formerly incarcerated individuals in the U.S. are jobless 

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