Prior to the 1960s, a very limited number of resources were available to individuals convicted of felonies who were transitioning back into society after incarceration. Over the past 40-plus years, more emphasis has been placed on such assistance. There are grants of different types available for ex-felons. Through this funding, ex-felons are able to return to the community on more stable footing.
One of the most significant hardships faced by ex-felons is a lack of money. Even if an ex-felon is well-intentioned and desires to be a productive member of society, he very well may lack the money necessary to undertake a course of education or job training, obtain treatment, or embark on other endeavors that contribute to a better life experience. Thanks to certain types of grants, ex-felons are able to access necessary programming as part of their overall plan for reintegration back into society after serving time for a crime.
No one is capable of even rudimentary achievements in life in the absence of appropriate housing. A good number of ex-felons end up residing in homeless shelters because they do not have either the money or the immediate job prospects that would enable them to obtain and maintain housing. There are government and private-sector grant options through which ex-felons can obtain housing.
Education and Job Training
Some people end up involved in criminal activity because they lack a decent education or appropriate job training---and as a result, gainful employment. Through education and job training grants, ex-felons are better positioned to obtain gainful employment sooner rather than later. Indeed, in addition to grants for housing, education and job training grants were among the first support programs available to ex-felons.
Addiction to and abuse of mind-altering substances is a common problem among people convicted of crimes. Maintaining sobriety is crucial to many ex-felons' being able to lead productive, law-abiding lives. In some cases, substance abuse issues are so profound that an ex-felon needs ongoing treatment, including long term after-care. Through grant programs, an ex-felon can enter into and remain part of an appropriate treatment or recovery program, including after-care.
- State Line, Grants for Ex Felons
- The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons, Elizabeth Hull, 2006
- Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform & Rebuild Their Lives, Shadd Maruna & Hans Toch, 2001