-This article essentially states that the main cause of recidivism is the socio-economic circumstances to which many former convicts return. In a society, where no one believes in the rehabilitation of a criminal, we make it harder for those who have paid their debts to society to return as functioning members of society. In doing so, we push them back towards prison. Online background checks have become an easy way for employers to discriminate against former criminals, and along with the unfavorable circumstances in regards to employment, these men have very few sources for other things. They have a lack of access to healthcare, they are often banned from public housing and assistance. and their personal and emotional needs were not met upon their arrival in prison and are certainly not to be met now. When your community has been crippled by the prison system, it leaves you with little to return to, so many end up going right back to what they have come to know and depend on after years in the system.