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Yeah, yesterday I just got paroled after doing about 20 months in prison, for that most odious and unconscionable crime of getting into drugs in my late teens and twenties, and consequently being around some shitty and stupid people and getting myself into even shittier and stupider situations.
Really don't want to talk about the situation(s) that got me there, and I know what I need to change in my life, and what aspects of myself I need to sublimate or otherwise alter...
In fact I really don't know what advice I'm asking for, to be honest, but I guess one thing I wanted to ask is what would be some of your perceptions that you might have upon learning that someone is a convicted felon.
Obviously I don't plan on telling everyone I meet or see on the street 'hey, what's up. I just got out of prison', but then again if I do meet some new friends (which, incidentally, I really need to do because pretty much all of my erstwhile friends are drug users and/or complete dickbags) I will eventually need to tell them.
So maybe I do have some specific advice to ask for: how should I tell someone that I am a convicted felon? How can I do this tactfully, and without seeming weird or creepster-ish about it?
And also, if anyone else has had an adventure in the 'System', what kinds of practical advice can you give? (i.e., parole, getting (back) into college? is there funding/grants for college still available for me? travel restrictions for felons? etc. I realize this might not be the best place to ask this kind of thing, but hey, what the hell. Plus, you'd be surprised to find how difficult it can be to find this kind of information without paying for a lawyer)