The environment around you can be challenging when you are released from prison, especially if it was a long prison sentence. You may feel as if there are hurdles in your way, keeping you from being a productive member of society. In fact, there are statistics that show that within three years or release, 67.8% of ex-offenders will be rearrested, and within five years, that number goes to 76.6%. Many people believe the criminal justice system just sets ex-offenders up for failure when they are released from prison, which poses many challenges.
Challenges Relating to Livelihood
It is much less likely for ex-inmates to be able to find sustainable employment rather than a member of the general population. In fact, in some parts of the country, statistics have shown that formerly incarcerated individuals with almost nearly identical professional experience as non-offenders are less than half as likely to receive job offers. According to research by the Bureau of Justice, a low 12.5% of employers said that they would accept an application from somebody who had previously committed a crime. With ex-convicts being unable to find work, this could affect recidivism, especially when many prisoners have limited education and work experience.
Challenges That Relate to the Family
When a prisoner maintains consistent contact and connection with their families during their sentence, there is a lower chance for recidivism. When an ex-offender returns home after a sometimes very arduous trip in prison, they sometimes become dependent on family members and have to overcome years of limited contact and potential resentment, which could lead to much bigger issues.
Obstacles can sometimes be difficult but, with the right support system in place upon release, many prisoners can overcome this. It also helps to have necessary rehabilitation from certain crimes, especially those that are drug-related. It is important to speak to a defense attorney today who can help you in every aspect of your case and hopefully get you the best outcome. Call us today for more information on how we can help.