The most telling predictor of whether an ex-offender will reenter the community as a law-abiding and productive member, or whether instead he or she will return to jail or prison, is employment. Former inmates with steady jobs have fairly high success rates. For those who can't find work, prospects are dismal.
It stands to reason, then, that society would do what it
can to ensure that former inmates get jobs. The benefits are reaped not
just by the freed inmates, who can put incarceration permanently behind
them, or their families, who can have their loved ones and their
breadwinners at home instead of locked up in distant cells where they
can provide little familial, and no financial, support. It's obviously
also better for communities to have their residents holding down jobs,
paying their taxes and spending their earnings locally than shuttling
back and forth to jail and, when in the neighborhood, having idle time
and empty pockets.