It is news to me as well. Most defendants released from prison have some form of supervision in the form of probation or parole, as well as a housing plan. If that is true for you as well, you might try contacting your probation officer. He or she can be an excellent source of information on social services and employment services available to you. Good luck.
I am completely unaware of that and would be utterly shocked if that were true. I honestly think that many people on the right would be making an enormous deal if this were the case. Please let me know if you discover otherwise, but I do not believe that to be true.
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