For many former prisoners, getting a decent job is the first and most crucial step to getting back on their feet. Reformed convicts have the opportunity to become involved in social work, including becoming counselors, once they haven’t been convicted for certain crimes.

A career in counseling may be suitable for former convicts as they can offer positive advice to young people who may be facing certain circumstances that they have. Sean Creaney, a Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour at Edge Hill University, posits that former young offenders can be uniquely equipped to help their peers to make positive changes in their lives. Becoming a positive peer can be a gateway to being a counselor.

Convicted felons such as Wallace ‘Wallo267’ Peeples and Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, who sits on the Board of Directors of the G-Unity Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for low-income communities, have become a positive influence after being released from prison.

Guidance during and after incarceration could help former offenders offer positive direction to others.