The U.S. has a really messed up prison system, to completely understate the situation. In Ava DuVernay's documentary on the prison system for Netflix, 13th, she shares a number of truly alarming statistics: the U.S. comprises 5% of the world's population, but we hold 25% of the world's prisoners. The movie goes on to explicate how mass incarceration is used to perpetuate modern-day slavery and a constant policing of the poor. It's a grim, but educational viewing.
Unfortunately, not many people have watched it, or done any kind of self-education on the subject whatsoever! We have so many prisons, prisoners, and former prisoners in the country, but most people have a completely unsympathetic view to their plight. Though being released from prison implies you've paid your debt to society, many people still treat anyone convicted of a crime like they're tainted for life.
Reddit user u/Hdalby33 shared a screenshot of a text conversation that completely encapsulates this hypocrisy, which was first shared on the Instagram account How To Not Get Tattooed. In it, someone writes that they want their money returned because they didn't realize their tattoo artist is a convicted felon. They use the words "prison monkey," and demand an additional inconvenience fee.