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Life after prison for many former inmates is anything but a cake walk. Sure, they have their freedom back; but they also face a host of challenges as they assimilate back into society. The most widely known obstacles to re-entry are employment and housing discrimination; but, according to the Legal Action Center, former prisoners can also face roadblocks in the areas of public assistance and food stamps, voting, adoptive and foster parenting, and drivers' licenses. On top of which, there's often a feeling of frustration associated with small, everyday tasks, like using a computer or riding public transportation — things that weren't an issue while in jail. Prisoner advocacy groups, such as The Women's Prison Association and Fortune Society in New York, help make the transition easier. Today we will talk with three ex-prisoners about their experiences with life after prison. If you were formerly incarcerated, or if you work with former prisoners, what is the most difficult part about life after prison? And what do you think is needed to make re-entry smoother?