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Disenfranchised Men: Gender Know podcast, Nov. 11, 1018

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Former New York Times journalist Andrew Yarrow joins us to talk about why so many men in America feel disenfranchised, and how this is impacting everyone else.

Men around the world have seen their position shift drastically over the past few decades. Some of the key reasons given include the rise of women and big changes in the global economy, leading to some of the political unrest and upheavals of the past decade.

So, what do we do with disenfranchised men?

Guest: Andrew Yarrow, journalist and author of ‘Man Out: Men on the sidelines of American life’

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Beyond Amendment 4: Ex-felons need help restoring lives, not just voting rights | Opinion

Andrew L. Yarrow
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Nov. 8, 2018

The decisive victory for Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to 1.5 million ex-felons in Florida, is a big win for American democracy, yet the problems of 17-20 million formerly incarcerated Americans extend far beyond restoring their right to vote. The list is long: employer hiring bias, ex-felons’ lack of skills, poverty and homelessness, health and mental-health problems, difficulties making friends and finding housing, the dearth of good “re-entry” programs, the likelihood of substance abuse, and their frequent inability to reconnect with wives, children, and other family. Some states even prohibit ex-prisoners’ access to safety net programs and licenses to work.

Getting the vote is one thing, but getting a life can be impossible.

This is primarily a men’s problem, as about 90 percent of inmates are male. These men are very much on the sidelines of American life, and getting back on the playing field is extremely tough.

One ex-felon who I interviewed for my new book, Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life, lives in a rundown New York boarding house above a school, where people sleep in the halls and showers. He has appealed his conviction for years. He told me that he has no friends and that his diabetes is “out of control.”

Ex-felons needs help restoring their lives.