Many ex-offenders who are newly released need to work immediately in order to provide for their families and cover housing and other dues. However, jumping right into the work force - especially a hard manual labor job such as warehousing - are compounding problems that will continue to cost them in the future both in terms of money and discomfort. The problem is that many warehouse workers lack the sufficient insurance to treat their injuries and illnesses, further debilitating them each day they work in the poor warehouse conditions. And especially as a temporary hire without workers' compensation, there is almost no chance to get back to 100%.

Because of their low pay, most ex-offenders are unable to immediately provide themselves with medical attention for the slew of common illnesses and injuries that they carry with them in their return to society. In addition, many also face drug addictions that need attention yet never receive treatment, which is a high indicator of recidivism and return to crime. According to one study even, 15 percent of people studied claimed to have debilitating health problems, while another 15 percent could not even work because of permanent disability. Another 6 percent had to attend treatment problems when released. Another study from 1997 put up even higher numbers, with 31% of respondents claiming physical or mental impairment and 25% claimed to be alcohol dependent.