Here’s what is depressing about the opening of Felony Franks, a Chicago hot dog restaurant that aims to rehabilitate former convicts by giving them steady jobs. Six hundred felons applied for the operation’s $8 per hour jobs; 12 were hired. That leaves 588 ex-offenders wandering the Windy City with one more piece of bad news to digest about their post-prison life. But it’s so far so good at the restaurant, which opened on July 13 in a city where the 1,800-unit strong hot dog stand segment ...
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