Kimberly Moss trains with the Chicago Women in Trades program. (WTTW News)

Many people who’ve been impacted by the criminal legal system say they frequently face problems finding employment. Some local organizations are helping people build new skills, while others are aiming to address laws and licensing requirements.

Timesha Brown experienced trouble finding housing after she was released from prison. (WTTW News)

The reasons women commit crimes are different, and often overlooked, researchers say. And since 58% of incarcerated women are mothers to children under 18, the permanent punishments they face affect not only them, but their entire families.