Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate November 2001

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After being released from prison, and set out in to the "˜real world' , most ex-convicts find it harder to readapt to society due to the discriminatory factors that face them.

Convicts released from prison find it difficult to get a job and rent an apartment since many applicants ask about criminal records. Ex-convicts are not allowed in public housing and therefore they feel that they aren't being given a chance to prove themselves and commit acts of crime in order to survive. Most can't take it and it drives them to drink and do drugs, which defeats the purpose of their release.

Many businesses are prejudice against former inmates and they are not willing to accept that what happened was in the past and should be given another chance. The majority of ex-convicts are not able to overcome their past and find it harder to find employment due to higher qualification levels.

Social assistance(welfare) and allowances provided by the government are their main sources of income. More job opportunities on a lower requirement level are need so that ex-convicts can readapt more easily.

Finally, ex-convicts have lost their right to vote. Its hard to see what society is gaining from taking this away from them. It doesn't prevent them from breaking the law again. Excluding all ex-offenders from the polls makes no sense at all. Minors vote when they reach the age of majority, and neither the mentally ill or the mentally retarded are prohibited from voting. By the same logic, a lawbreaker that has understood his/her offense should be able to vote. It tells the offender that no matter what he/she does, he can never fully be accepted back in to the community he sinned against. Instead of encouraging the criminal's healthy reintegration into society, we promote unending...