According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of 2023, 1 in 3 adults have a criminal record.
The shadow of a criminal record can cast a long-lasting influence on an individual’s life.
For those with a mark on their record, the employment landscape becomes an intricate puzzle. Many employers conduct background checks, and a criminal history may hinder job opportunities. The hopeful employee may find certain jobs are unattainable. A criminal record can severely limit opportunities and stifle professional growth.
When it comes to finding a place to live, the echoes of a criminal record resonate loudly. Landlords often run background checks, and a blemished record may lead to rejection. Many government housing options are unavailable to those who have a felony on their record. Not being able to pass a background check can leave individuals grappling with limited housing options.
Financial stability also takes a hit with the impact of a criminal record. Lenders may view individuals with a history of criminality as higher risks. This limitation may extend to securing loans, credit cards or even renting-to-own options, impacting the ability to establish a stable financial foundation.
The long-term effects of a criminal record in Georgia create a complex web. The journey towards rehabilitation and a fresh start demands resilience and determination. Individuals with a criminal history may find themselves grappling not only with legal consequences but also with the enduring consequences that seep into the core of their daily existence.