Integrating Florida ex-felons back into society

Convicted felons have a hard time integrating back into their communities once they are released. We have fought for ex-cons' right to vote, but there is a long way to go in terms of reintegration. From a financial standpoint, the most significant issues for a person's post-incarceration experience are steady employment opportunities and the support of their community. Besides the stigma associated with people released from federal prisons, few employers hire former offenders.

Convicted felons have a hard time integrating back into their communities once they are released. We have fought for ex-cons' right to vote, but there is a long way to go in terms of reintegration. From a financial standpoint, the most significant issues for a person's post-incarceration experience are steady employment opportunities and the support of their community. Besides the stigma associated with people released from federal prisons, few employers hire former offenders.

More than 30 states adopted the federal Second Chance Act. Due to the program, people who've been to prison gained the right to confidentiality. Come to think of it, when one in every 100 people in the US has been in prison or jail, discriminating against them creates a huge unemployment problem.

To re enter society after leaving incarceration, the federal government needs to embark on a mission to help these people find housing, thus solving homelessness. Programs providing emergency shelter services are crucial during the initial stages. The second step in eradicating poverty is assisting ex-cons in getting a steady job. Adequate funding would ensure the rest of the steps are also followed.

Healthcare assistance. The men and women who have been to prison or jail often struggle because of drug abuse and mental illness. These issues can have dire consequences.

Speeding up paperwork. It takes time for inmates to gather documentation. Starting the process early on will facilitate their integration within their communities.

The most critical step of the way is setting up a full-fledged financial plan that would allow ex-convicts to manage their budget and prevent potential recidivism. Assistance in obtaining a bank account is also recommended, a workplace mentor to assist employed former convicts. We believe incarceration is not a reason for discrimination. Florida ex-felons deserve a second chance. Become a volunteer to contribute to our cause.