What purpose does it serve to continue to hold something against someone that they have already paid for? The difference between a convicted criminal and the vast majority of Americans is simply the word "convicted". I do not believe that there are very many of us who haven't committed a felony at some point in our lives. These people paid their debt to society and then get it held against them the rest of their lives. We force them to live is ****tier neighborhoods, we force them into ****tier jobs, and look down on them whenever we can. (we meaning society as a whole). And then we are surprised when they commit another crime. Opportunity changes a lot of things.