'Felon' became her scarlet letter

WCPOPublished: February 15, 2018
Published: February 15, 2018

Christy Helphenstine spent nearly two years in prison after being convicted of illegally possessing methamphetamine ingredients. The offense netted her a 22-month sentence and a lifelong label: Felon. Although Helphenstine has been out of prison, in job training and working on her sobriety for half a year at Brighton Recovery Center, she said Wednesday night she still felt marked by a scarlet letter -- one that prevented her from fully rejoining the world, no matter how hard she tried.

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