This is an essay in our series Voices from the Inside, which asks individuals currently incarcerated in Illinois county jails the question, What kind of world do you want to return to?
“I would like to return to a world where there are more business opportunities. As an ex-con there aren’t a lot of lenders who wanna take the chance on putting money into the business of an ex-con. Also there should be more housing opportunities. It’s hard to rent an apartment or house in some areas. I honestly just wanna return to a world where people don’t look down on me because of my past. I want the world to look at ex-cons as people who made mistakes but also are trying to better themselves and become a better member of society. All we need is some help and a little guidance.”
—Robert S., Kendall County Jail, Illinois