Many people may ask the question--what is a convicted felon? The short answer is that a felon is anyone convicted in a court of law of a felony crime. The U.S. federal government allows those convicted of such crimes to be punished by prison or death.
The real question is--what happens to prisoners after prison life? The answer is very complicated. Imagine being miserably jailed for 20 or more years--doing the time--and being happily released into the free world with little or no acceptance from the community.
For many ex-felons the doors of freedom are shut faster than they are opened. Those who lack resources, income, and family support have little chance of survival outside of prison walls. Rejection from the free world society can lead an ex-felon back on the fast track of prison re-entry.
These are the stories that discourage ex-prisoners and hinder success. Yet there are stories that inspire and encourage those who are imprisoned and or have been released. Willow in a storm is a highly recommended read for anymore who is searching for answers of living through prison life--before, during, and after.
What is a convicted felon? It is an individual who committed a felony--inadvertently this comes with a sentence of life in prison--and in the free world after prison.