When released from prison convicted felons are expected to return to their communities, and either begin or continue their lives as active law-abiding citizens. However, as highlighted in Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow the individual’s stigmatized current status as a felon does not allow for successful re-entry. Individuals listed as felons are often subjected to numerous restrictions, on housing, employment, the ability to vote, public assistance, etc. In this paper, I will analyze Michelle Alexander’s view on housing and employment restrictions felons face.
When prisoners are released society’s, narrative is often framed as the individual being held accountable for their wrongdoings, and as having paid their debt to society. However, released prisoners continue to be held accountable for their actions and continue to pay a debt that was paid off through restrictions imposed on the individual through laws and policy.