Being Black, poor, and marginalized satisfy any three-strikes (you're out) rule, for success; a criminal background to boot cements a life of ever illusive opportunity. To try, is to do. To not try, is not to do! So, what is a good choice for felonious Black men/women who served sentences for criminal offences?
Brothers and sisters just don't want to sacrifice what's needed to obtain a formal college education; which could grant near vindication of many criminal backgrounds. But some sacrifice, like or not, is required to say you, at least, tried. Even if you ultimately fail. Changing lifestyles, habits, or environments are keys towards making a personal difference, whether you have what it takes to survive is simply a matter of how much work you put into change.
Stop relying on "ban the box" (nondisclosure of crimes for employment) incentives which means nothing to employers. Entrepreneurship is the only way to go if you're a Black ex-felon newly released from prison/jail.
Writing books is not only a respectable career, it's a way to make some quick cash. Subscribe to Black websites such as AALBC for insights on writing books, go-to guides for how to write, publish, and promote sales. After all, Being Black and living in America means having a lot of stories to tell people.