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Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

States push to provide some ex-felons a second chance

07/21/13 12:01AM

Walter Fortson is a young man with impressive credentials: He graduated with honors from Rutgers University this year and is headed to the University of Cambridge on a prestigious Truman scholarship. But on a typical job application, the first thing an employer might notice about Fortson is that he's an ex-felon. Fortson, 28, served two years in prison for dealing crack cocaine: He got out in March 2010 and has been clean since. Though he's successfully turned his life around, he says discrimination against those with a criminal record is very real. read more

The health care start-up

The health care start-up

07/19/13 08:53PM

Chris Hayes talks with Kevin Nazemi, one of the co-founders of Oscar Insurance, a brand new insurance company to rival companies like Aetna and UnitedHealth. watch

A Detroit fire fighter looks through the smoldering back yards of burned homes and garages on East Robinwood in Detroit, Michigan September 8, 2010.  Detroit's bankruptcy will likely fall hardest on  public sector employees.  (Photo by Rebecca Cook...

Pensioners likely the biggest losers in Detroit bankruptcy

07/19/13 04:46PM

Nobody is happy with Detroit's bankruptcy. That's the message that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Mayor David Bing and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have repeated over and over in their public appearances over the past few days, following Snyder's authorization of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing for the city. "There is very difficult for all of us," said Bing in a Thursday press conference. "But if it's going to make the citizens better off, then this is a new start for us." read more