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Coy Jandreau
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Life is extremely hard for those convicted of a felony. In addition to the legal bills felons have to deal with, not to mention the time spent behind bars, the rights convicts lose are numerous. Life is changed irreparably when one is convicted of a felony, though most would say this is rightfully so, as felonies are very serious crimes. What ex con rights are affected? What rights do ex felons lose? What are the things that someone recently incarcerated for a felony can't do? People may consider you an ex-con, but you've done your time and don't deserve to be punished your whole life.

Ex felons rights are a lot more limited than that of the average person, and it's a lot more widespread than you might think! Not working with children makes sense, as does the ability to say... run for president. But how about the right to be a dietitian? Or to repay your debt to society by joining the military? Though some of the things on this list aren't necessarily impossible for felons, they might as well be.

Vote up the things felons can't do after their release from prison that surprise you the most! Which ex-cons rights do you think they should still have?

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Bear Arms


Under US federal law, felons lose the right to bear arms. However, those rights can be reinstated in many states, even for people convicted of violent offenses. Gun ownership laws have been gradually relaxed since the '80s, and more and more areas prioritize the Second Amendment over more recent rulings.

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Hold Public Office


In many states, it is illegal for a convicted felon to hold office. However, some areas allow felons whose convictions are more than 10 years old to hold public positions. Having that right reinstated depends on the severity of the crime, too.

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Serve On A Jury


Many states prohibit felons from serving on a jury once they've been released from prison. However, that right may be restored after time, depending on local laws.

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Travel Abroad


Felons aren't forbidden from obtaining US passports, but that doesn't mean they can easily leave the country. Many countries place visa restrictions on convicted criminals, and may not allow them to enter.

Travel restrictions depend on the crime, too. Drug traffickers and people convicted of sex tourism, for example, are not allowed to travel internationally.

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