I was just watching the Discovery Channel and there was a program on about parolees and their parole officers. The program centered mainly around two men who had just been paroled. I am not sure what their crimes were. The general idea was that the parolee had to go find a job, which they should. One of the men found one after about 5 months. The other one still had not found one.
I know absolutely nothing about parole, jail or parole officers except what I have seen on T.V. But I was under the impression that part of a parole officers job, in addition to keeping track of the parolee, was to help that person find a job. Both of the people in this program had to go and find their own job. One did and one was still looking. At least they hadn’t gone back to prison.
So, isn’t the parole officer supposed to help the parolee find work? I realize that there is a certain stigma that comes with being a parolee from prison, but if they have served their time and are truly repentant of their crimes, shouldn’t they be given the same opportunities and you or I?
It’s almost as if they are still being punished for their crime, even though they have paid their debt to society.
Am I missing something, or is the “system” stacked against the parolee from the time they get out of prison?