Ex-offenders working in the warehousing industry face an uphill battle when it comes to staying clean and avoiding becoming just another recidivism statistic. Unfortunately, for many this battle is too much, and the combination of low wages, poor housing, and chronic pain cause many to look toward illegal means for either additional income or for stress relief. The problem with the whole situation is that the environments they find themselves in are ones where these outlets are very readily accessible. Because of the high rate of ex-cons and future cons in the workplace, those returning to society are constantly plagued by temptation to make a little extra money on the side or unwind with some drugs after a long difficult week.

The statistics do not lie about the difficulties that ex-cons face staying on the straight and narrow: one study reports about a 50% re-incarceration rate within 3 years of release from prison, while about 66% are at least re-arrested during the same time period. What's more, the rates are higher for 20-40 year-old men, whose tendency to be re-arrested does not seem to drop off until they are over the age of 40.

Clearly, the solution to this problem has to be found in the rehabilitation programs. Drug rehab is a key, as some experts estimate that about 50% of crimes are drug related or indirectly motivated by drugs. Another key is the employment programs, many of which do not offer education, but simply place ex-offenders in the nearest warehouse that will take them on as a temp worker, where the low-wage life traps them.