ex-cons

Munchies

This Program Is Giving Ex-Cons a New Life in Professional Kitchens

"These guys are just the sweetest guys in the world," says Justin Fertitta, the chef behind the Doe Fund's Chef-in-Training program. "They're trying to survive like anyone else."
Devon Walsh
5.11.17
restaurant industry

This Program Is Giving Ex-Cons a New Life in Professional Kitchens

"These guys are just the sweetest guys in the world," says Justin Fertitta, the chef behind the Doe Fund's Chef-in-Training program. "They're trying to survive like anyone else."
Devon Walsh
5.10.17
Travel

Traveling Abroad Sucks if You're an Ex-Con

Even after you've paid your debt to society, you can still get denied entry to another country.
Seth Ferranti
5.8.17
Stuff

Ex-Cons Remember Their Worst Jobs After Being Released from Prison

From a gig as a farm hand that involved fixing a cow's prolapsed vagina, to a job that involved picking up trash while walking through raw sewage.
Seth Ferranti
8.21.16
Stuff

​What It’s Like to Get a Medical Marijuana Card as an Ex-Convict

"I've been locked up for a nickel bag of weed before, so to be able to walk around without the fear of the police bothering you is great. Getting weed [legally] is like a blessing."
Seth Ferranti
3.27.16
News

Why Is It Still So Hard for Ex-Cons to Vote in Florida?

About a quarter of the ex-cons who can't vote in America live in the Sunshine State.
Francisco Alvarado
3.7.16
Stuff

We Asked Former Inmates What It's Like to Deal with a Parole Officer

"They will tell you what you want to hear so you begin to trust them or think of them as a friend. Then they use what you share with them against you. They work for the government. They're goddamn cops. I have to remember that. I can't be their friend."
Seth Ferranti
11.21.15
Travel

Visiting the Massage Parlor in Thailand That Only Employs Ex-Cons

The Chiang Mai Women's Massage Center by Ex-Prisoners helps female inmates transition back into the real world—and for $5, it gives one of the best massages in the country.
Beau Flemister
8.24.15
In the Margins

How It Feels to Return to the Internet After a Decade in Prison

A lot can change when you spend 123 months behind bars.
Daniel Genis
2.27.15
Fashion

Talking to British Ex-Cons About Quitting Crime

"The second time I went to jail, I was close to home with loved ones on the outside. I even drove past my house on a prison transfer! That was the game changer. I knew from that sentence I was done. No more."
ALEX DE MORA
10.9.14
Stuff

The Life of a Seismic Gas Explorer in Canada’s Wilderness

You barely need a pulse to get a seismic job, as long as you are physically capable of the work. That's why it's a haven for ex-cons, high school drop-outs, and guys looking for the fastest way to clock enough full-time hours to claim employment...
Joshua Rapp Learn
8.22.14
Pen Pals

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Through the Eyes of an Ex-Con

<i>Orange Is the New Black</i> is a damn good show about prison. It's based on Piper Kerman's memoir, which she wrote after spending some time in the clink-clink, and actually her story is similar to mine—we were both living upper-middle-class lives...
Bert Burykill
8.6.13