Essay On Prisoner Reintegration

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In every country across the globe, prisoners are seen unsuccessfully attempting to reintegrate back into society upon being released from jail. This poses a serious social problem because individuals who are not successful after being released from jail typically end up back in jail after committing another crime of the same type, or often times an even more serious crime than their original offense. For many of the individuals that commit more crimes, they end their sentence and re enter society with little to no money or support, forcing them to convert to their past ways of living. The individuals that do not end up in jail shortly thereafter often end up homeless, where they spend their time begging for money and gradually losing any …show more content…
As aforementioned, the majority of individuals who cannot successfully rejoin society end up homeless, and businesses regard the homeless in one of two ways. To address the social problem, businesses either try to ignore the homeless as well as refuse to hire felons or they help the homeless and hire felons. Many businesses, in populated areas like cities, have lost customers as well as street appeal because homeless people crowd their entrances, casting an unwelcome vibe and making some potential customers too uncomfortable to enter. To try to reduce this, some businesses have security that helps reduce crowds of people outside that are not customers and businesses such as Dunkin Donuts take extra precautions to make sure that their products are safe from being stolen, with precautions including locking their fridges to customers and only allowing associates access to the fridge for drinks. On the job application for many businesses, the box that states whether or not an individual has committed a felony automatically means that that person will not be considered for the job, thus drastically limiting the choices that felons have to make a …show more content…
Many jobs have recently began to ban the box that asks about criminal history on job applications, thus giving any individual an equal chance at employment. Also, a wide range of jobs such as McDonald 's, Longhorn Steakhouse, and other occupations in hospitality have no restrictions on felon recruitment. This allows felons to have a selection of jobs to choose from to reintegrate back into society and make a living for themselves as well as the ability to support their families. One example of a charity created to help those in need is Panera Cares. The Panera Bread business recently opened up several new locations in areas densely populated with diverse people who cannot all afford meals. The goal of the program is to offer affordable food to those in need in locations that are most convenient for a large group of people. Panera Bread also donates a good amount of food to soup kitchens to go towards feeding those who cannot afford to buy and make their own meals. The problem of homelessness and prisoner reintegration impacts the business sector in typically negative ways. Homeless people have a tendency to scare away consumers and make businesses less appealing. In addition, lack of funds means that people are more likely to steal from businesses, especially items such as food, which also

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