Low wages make life difficult for everyone involved, but the stress is increased exponentially with each dependent that a working member of the family has to support, especially if the man or woman has to make do with low warehouse wages. According to one study, about 5 percent of those interviewed did not even work because of having to care for family members, and 56% asked had children under 18. Those that go to work each day and leave their dependent family at home face immense stress. Most are unable to provide quality housing in a safe neighborhood and worry that their children will fall to the same temptations to crime that they did. In addition, the poor neighborhoods that these families must live in do not provide the children with good educational opportunities, as the best school districts are in the higher-income neighborhoods. in a safe neighborhood and worry that their children will fall to the same

Other ex-offenders have to continue to provide for sick or elderly parents, grandparents, or other family members, which cause further strain on the low income. More worrisome is the inability for these ex-offenders to provide health assistance for themselves, much less their family members.