Why do ex-convicts return to their previous doings after getting out of jail?

Hand-cuffs - To set free or not to?
Philippines
September 21, 2009 6:26am CST
I really do not understand why they go back to their old dirty work. I'm not generalizing but most of the ex-cons get "re-jailed" for the same case of misdeed. Haven't they learned something in jail? Like, the feeling of regret not to commit the same mistake or somethin'. What do you think are the reasons for this?
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@firemom31 (599)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Jail/prison changes people. They may have been rough before they went to jail, but once in jail, they will get worse. For most who end up in jail, life on the outside is very, very hard. They can't pay their rent, feed their kids or themselves, can't meet their responsibilities in general. Once in jail, all of those things are taken care of. No more worries about where the next meal is coming from or is the electric bill gets paid. No more worries about medical care. No relationship hassles. No responsibility, period. They learn how to be tougher, and how to work the system in the jail. I truly believe that once they get out, jail doesn't seem so bad anyore. It is worth it to steal money for something they want or need on the outside, because if they get caught, it will be there for them in jail anyway.
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Really? LOL! Never thought of it in this light. hehehehe... yep, you have a point there... Nice response firemom!! (^_^)thanks!
• United States
21 Sep 09
LOL...I grew up in a rough town and used to be married to an ex-felon. Did a few days here and there myself (as a result of protesting for the homeless). Nothing speaks like experience..lol.
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Wow!! So how's it like married to one? I do hope he did learn something from his experience in jail though... and hopefully would not want to go back there. I searched last night for sites that post jobs for ex-cons. I really do believe that it's possible for them to change their lives for the better, ya know? if only there would be a government program or something to help them find jobs easily. or maybe an agency that accepts and makes them productive in a good way... (^_^)
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
21 Sep 09
When someone becomes a convict, society will start having negative view on them. They'll see that person as a criminal and only bring harm. He/she might already change when they're out of prison or been in there not by their fault but society will never see them that way. They'll reject ex-convict and this will make it hard for them to start a new life. Some might surrender under this circumstances and will turn back to their previous doing in order to survive. Of course, some never learn and been in prison because of his/her fault.
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
True... So what do you think can be done to resolve this, if there's a way?
• United States
21 Sep 09
i have to disagree with you on that , i got friends that been in jail. and it;s not so much how people look at them. some i know do regret what they have done. and others learn things well they were growing up from parnets, uncles, aunts, or other family.. its not because society at all.
@piya84 (2591)
• India
21 Sep 09
Some of them learn form their mistakes but not all.Infact after going to jail they become more and more cold.They start thinking going to jail is not big deal at all.Thats why they dare to do those crimes again and again.
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Yes. It's like they're not afraid to get beaten up/sexually abused in jail again. hehehe... Thanks Piya! (^_^)