Giving a convicted felon a second chance in life isn’t as far fetched as we might think. There are between 70 and 100 million convicted felons alive today in the United States according to a news report on CNBC which quoted data from Koch.
I just want to put that into perspective for you, there is around 330 million Americans right now according to the almanac census data. That means that just under 1/3 of all Americans have a felony conviction. 1 in 3.
Furthermore, if every convicted felon has an average of 2 non convicted supporters, which is pretty low, that indicates every American (statistically) has a direct link to the United States prison system. We all know someone with a felony. Many of us know that the person we know is capable of serious change.
The point I want to drive home is that giving felons a chance in housing or a career is much more common than we might think. It’s much more socially acceptable than most believe it to be. For so long having a felon in the family has meant having this stain on the family fabric that everyone is afraid to show. It’s like spilling something on the carpet, you can clean it with whatever, but it still happened and it happened to all your neighbors. No need to hide it.
Our culture is ready for a shift of understanding and empathy. In less than 6 months I get out of prison where I will join the ranks of millions of people who just want to make a better life for themselves and leave this world a little better than when I got here. I’ve done damage to it and though I can’t reverse it, as bad as I want to, I can’t so my next best move is to positively impact it.
But I can’t do it without you. Community support is essential. Jobs and housing, clothes and other living fundamentals are all pieces of the puzzle that you can help with. I need help.
To help support or share in my release, please visit my gofundme at:
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