Did you know there is a place on the south west side of Chicago called Felony Franks where the owner makes it a point to hire people who are ex convicts? They owner plans on franchising them all over the country with 75% being former inmates.
Being a guy who works with young men coming out of prison, I know how hard it is for them to get a job. Many of us are able to click "no" when an application asks if we've ever been convicted of a felony, but wouldn't that be a bitch if you had to check yes? I have seen some kids who can't find a job anywhere, and though they wish there was another way, they go right back into "the game" that got them in trouble to begin with.
You can get a "Misdemeanor Wiener" at Felony Franks 7 days a week. I think I may check it out soon, Seven Readers. Make mine charred with celery salt, sweet peppers, and tomatoes on a poppy seed bun with cheese fries and a Coke. And a convict.