Released prison inmates have difficulty reintegrating into society for three reasons (according to me): First- released prison inmates bear the badge of a ‘convicted felon’. This is nearly fatal to even getting a job- much less a job that can support a basic standard of living. Second- prisons serve as a ‘school of crime’ where inmates are around other criminals…thus living the role as a criminal and learning from others who have committed various types of crime. Third- compared to average Americans, released inmates are less educated and more likely to have a history of mental illness or substance abuse. Listen to fully explore this social dynamic and to learn further reasons why three-quarters of released prison inmates return to prison within five years of their release.