When you get out of prison, life can be a lot more difficult because you have been convicted of a crime. Even though you have done your time, there are a lot of potential employers, landlords, and creditors that will not be open to you because you were convicted. The only way to really get your life back fully is to be able to legally say that you haven’t been convicted.
The only way to clean your record and get rid of the convictions on it is to ask for them to be expunged legally. Expunging convictions can be a tricky business because there are only certain convictions that can be expunged. There is also a timeline for this that requires a certain amount of waiting time between releases from jail and when convictions can be expunged.