Former inmates can have a positive impact on the economy. In the United States, second chances are a way of life. There have been cases of criminals using this second chance to have a positive impact on the economy and society. For instance, a movie was made about Frank Abagnale Jr., and his positive role in identifying frauds.
Inmates all undergo the punishments the legal system imposes on them. Although some former inmates are hardened by their experiences in prison, others change their hearts and come out of confinement with a sense of a new beginning. This may impel them to work harder to better their own lives, which in turn has a positive impact on the economy.
Most crimes are committed by people when they are very young, and it doesn't mean they have nothing left to contribute to society once they are released. Many inmates learn a skill or get an education in prison that they can apply in the real world and make real contributions.
Sure, former inmates can have a positive impact on the country as a whole, as well as the economy. However, they have to be willing to change and stop blaming their circumstances for everything. Many people get a rough start in life, but some rise above it by taking personal responsibility and bettering themselves.