By Brooke Kroeger
The New York Times
For Devah Pager, a young sociologist from Honolulu, "kulia i ka nu'u" — "to strive for the summit" — means to do research that can influence policy, a realistic quest for her if the last few years are any indication.
As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, she studied the difficulties of former prisoners trying to find work and, in the process, came up with a disturbing finding: it is easier for a white person with a felony conviction to get a job than for a black person whose record is clean.
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