When Patty* was released after eight years in prison, the first thing she did was visit her parents. Both her mother and father were executives for large corporations, and she figured that if anyone could help her figure out her next move post-jail, it'd be them. Yet, despite all their resources -- financial support, networking opportunities, connections at companies -- they couldn't help. Instead, Patty "floundered around," and resigned herself to the fact that her criminal background would always be the first thing people saw. Giving up on finding gainful employment, Patty turned back towards the criminal activities that landed her in jail in the first place.
"I ended up going back into that lifestyle and giving up for awhile and just saying, 'Well, this is the hole I dug for myself, now I'm gonna have to deal with it and live in it,'" she tells Bustle.