Some businesses automatically deny convicted felons a job. Depending on the job vs. the crime, it might be inherently reasonable. In other cases it's discrimination that is heavily dependent on ignorance for its justification. There is a movement against it.
A person who is incarcerated can have a court appointed fiduciary, generally called a conservator. That person can conduct banking business on their behalf, including the opening of a bank account - if you allow it. The prisoner's issue is that he or she is competent, but cannot be present. However, if an individual, through a work release program or residence in a halfway house, can come into the bank and conduct his or her own transactions just like everyone else I do not comprehend why a bank would treat them like they are something less than what they are.
Can anyone point out what the real issue might be? It escapes me.