Best advice I can offer to Louisiana and Mississippi ex-cons is: Get out of your states--and head off West. Texas is BRIMMING w/ $$$$---thanks to the presidential cozy treatment Bush is handing his beloved home state. Jobs are EVERYWHERE there---and they offer great programs FREE to help ex-cons get back into life. Work is also abundant in California and Nevada, too!! If an ex con in these states can't find work---it's because they're not looking. Louisiana and Mississippi both are nothing but parole violation traps---looking to bounce an ex con back in prison! Stay in THOSE states----and you're headed back to prison....it's only a matter of time.