The recession is hacking away at Catherine’s work hours, and she’s terrified that they will be reduced to zero. The 47-year-old Fort Worth woman isn’t just struggling to make ends meet; she is worried that losing her job could put her in violation of her parole — which could get her sent back to federal prison.
"I’m desperately trying to stay out," said Catherine, who asked that her last name not be used. "I don’t sleep at night because I’m up worrying a lot."
Catherine’s anxiety reflects the struggles many ex-convicts are facing as the unemployment rate increases in a deepening recession. Already personae non gratae in a pool of other applicants, they now face stiffer competition for fewer jobs. Most must be employed to meet the terms of their parole.
They were convicted of harming no one but themselves. Now slaves to the State...