Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rockers or Rappers: Who Fares Better Post-Prison?

That's the question in this article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which argues that rock stars do better after returning from prison than rappers do.  Did they get it right?  You be the judge.

We often talk of the impact of prison time on prisoners and their families -- and that includes the impact on a prisoner's career. Once released, ex-prisoners have missed years of work and career-building -- and with a record, they can find it extremely difficult to get a job or pick up where they left off.  Unlike famous rock stars and rappers who go to prison, though, most returning prisoners don't have the help of notoriety and publicity to help them re-start their careers.

But even as a rock star or rapper, returning from prison and doing well is tough business.