There are more than half of a million inmates released back into society annually and they always suffer some prejudice from the community where they had made serious mistakes and from the people to whom they had done bad things. Therefore, convicted felons, on their back to their civilian life, usually encounter some obstacles in many aspects like finding proper jobs or establishing their own business. These felons actually pay highly for their mistakes by the time to be served in prisons, so they deserve a second chance to redeem themselves. For this reason, there should be some governmental grants for felons in order to support these perverted individuals on their way to better their conducts.
After released from incarceration, ex-felons are always struggling with two main hurdles on their process of self-improving. The first one is finding an employer that accepts to hire an ex-felon and even when this is overcome, the second is thousands of times more complex than the first one related to their minimum wage. In fact, they cannot make ends meet on this low-level salary, let alone live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, the employers who are willing to hire those with a criminal past always do so as they assume that they can pay them at the minimum level in light of the stark fact that they can find another job anywhere else. That is really a big obstacle which needs taking into immediate considerations and is urgently resolved.
To help these poor felons pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in particular and their normal-citizen ones in general, throughout the decade, governments around the world have amended the legal system in many ways favored by convicted felons by enacting some laws or legislation acts that support the provision of grants for them, namely the Faith-based Initiative in 2001 which stipulated that part of governmental budget transferred to faith-based and non-profit organizations as well as private individuals would be used to address the needs of felons apart of the human rights or The second chance act in 2008 enacted to grant more than 300 million dollars to assist the felons in re-entering the community.
In addition, there are currently a wide variety of federal and private programs launched in the form of grants to support felons in re-assimilating into their public. In particular, 24,000 state programs, 20,000 scholarships, 1000 federal programs and 30,000 private foundations for that purpose were recorded in 2010, which shows a good progress in governmental and public concern for their perverted compatriots. However, ex-felons are always at a disadvantage when applying for these grants but that does not means they are precluded from this. To make successful applications, the convicted should show that they have a strong desire to turn their lives around although they have an irremovable stigma in their own lives.
Also, there are some useful tips and steps for them to find more details about grants for felons: first, they should look up the Internet for some trusty websites with official and valid information for these grants including the department of justice/ re-entry program and the national resource center. Second, they can go to prisontalk.com for a site focusing more on the aid to help the convicted re-blend in their community. Finally, they should prepare for themselves a potential business idea and a solid business plan to convince others to offer them the grants.
In conclusion, grants for felons are indispensable in supporting convicted felons with a dark past to return to their normal life. Besides expressing the public concern for the perverted, these grants also serve as a catalyst stimulating the fire inside these felons to blaze up, which symbolize their strong desire to live a civilian life.