Life After Release

Once you’ve served your time, it’s hard to know where to turn. If you’re looking for resources, whether for yourself or a loved one, or to get involved in advocacy, we have all you need to consider about life after release. You may feel an emotional burden along with your immense joy of freedom, or you may need help finding a job with a record or what to expect with probation. Felonies.org can help you through the process of picking your life back up where you were, or even starting a brand new one.

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    How to Rent an Apartment with a Felony

    Sometimes, life isn’t fair. The Fair Housing Act protects a variety of potential tenants from being discriminated against, but having a felony is not among those protected classes. Having a felony on your record means that a landlord can reject your application simply because you made a mistake, and now it’s left a permanent stain. But even with a felony…

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    How to Get a Job with a Felony: 10 Tips

    If you’ve committed a felony and have served your time, you’re elated to have your freedom, but you probably get down when you have to think about getting a job. You aren’t alone. One out of every ten people in the United States has a felony on their record. Most of these people all find jobs, but it’s up to…

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    Can I Get a Passport with a Felony?

    Traveling as a Felon If you have a felony on your criminal record, you may wonder how your past conviction affects your ability to travel. Contrary to popular belief, having a felony will not affect your ability to travel abroad. Keep in mind, there are still other reasons the U.S. Department of State could deny you a passport, such as…

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    Explaining Your Criminal Record

    Ideally, there would be no stereotyping, stigmas, or biases surrounding criminal records, and you wouldn't have to explain your past for anybody. However, that isn't always the case, and you may find yourself having to explain a past felony conviction to anyone from a prospective employer, an apartment complex, to your family and friends.

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    Consequences of a Felony Conviction & Your Rights as a Felon

    A felony charge results in much more severe penalties than those of misdemeanors. Because of this, punishments are going to be longer, fines will be higher, and there are consequences that will follow through the rest of a felon's life - such as loss of rights and stigmas.

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    How to Expunge a Felony

    According to a study in 2010, nearly eight percent of the population has a felony conviction. This comes with a felony on record for life, unless actions are taken to have them removed or the records sealed. California, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, and Washington remove a felony from record after seven years. In…

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