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Old 03-30-2018, 09:19 PM
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Prior to my conviction and sentence, I had an impeccable record; however, that means absolutely nothing from the second I accepted a plea deal. I am a white collar felon; however, I learned a lot of drug-related information while in prison, most of it ear-jacked, about drug manufacture and distribution.

Right now, I'm trying and hoping for a minimum wage job where I can prove my worth and have found absolutely nothing. What I've noticed is that, with my new-found knowledge, I could be making 1-5k/day rather than 10/hr and all the hassle that goes with being a white-collar felon trying to make it in society.

Disclaimer: I NEVER WOULD EVEN CONSIDER DOING THAT.

But, I get it. I have an intimate understanding of why there is such a high recidivism and reentry problem: society does not want us, or, at least, the law-abiding society. It is the odd few that get these wonderful chances, and thank goodness for that; however, most of us are left with picking up the pieces and hoping to the gods that we can clean toilets, flip burgers or do something for somebody.

Then, you throw in the pressure from the federal system, the state system, behavioral health, et al, and it's a certain recipe for high recidivism and reentry.
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:42 AM
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I totally get it also my husband was a drug dealer, didn't start out that way but with drugs either you become a dealer or a thief. He could never get a ligit job back in his career. And honestly he took anything for a while but could never stay off drugs when not in prison so back to dealing. Vicious circle!
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:57 AM
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Sadly, many guys never manage to escape the drug dealing/prison/parole revolving door cycle.

When I was inside, I spent a couple years in a work release type program. Some of the guys in the WR program were candid about how the $$ they were saving up while in WR was going to be their start-up investment to resume dealing after they got out. Some of them were dealing while outside on WR and a couple even brought drugs back into the facility and sold them in the housing unit. One amateur chemist guy even cooked up his own K2/Spice type stuff while outside, brought it back in and sold it in the unit. He made a killing. The COs would manage to bust somebody for a dirty UA or possession every now and then (the old “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then” thing), but they never hampered the flow of anything into the unit for any length of time. It was ridiculous.

That place should’ve been called Recidivism Central. If it hadn’t been such an outrageous, tragic prison administrative SNAFU, it would've been comical.
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The sad truth is that crime can pay quite lucratively, at least in the short term... until you are finally caught. A skilled few are able to evade detection for quite awhile -- the criminal "masterminds" if you will -- but most will eventually slip up and get caught. They then end up losing everything they've gained and more, with a (return) trip to prison.

The lawful road for an ex-con isn't often an easy one, putting up with all the obstacles to gainful employment and often times inferior wages compared to those with no criminal record, but just like other setbacks in life: it's a hole you have to dig yourself out of. It takes time.
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