Hot Dog Stand Could Give Jobs To Felons

It's no secret that convicted felons have a tough time getting jobs.CBS 2's Jon Duncanson reports on a Chicago businessman who's giving them a second chance.Jim Andrews runs a disposable products business on ... Full Story
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Dds

Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 25, 2006
God Bless you. I wish I had the funding to do something along the same lines, such as construction ie building new homes, or rehabing exsiting properties for people who can't aford standard prices. in poor areas of our city.
David

Moorhead, MN

#2 Aug 17, 2006
How would I be able to do something like that!!??
Karl

Darien, CT

#3 Sep 14, 2006
I would like to say that there needs to be more people who are willing to take a chance on felons in as much as they are not going to disappear. we are not going to disappear. there are some of us who were tax paying law abiding citizens and wound up on the other side of the law through no fault of our own. I was a law enforcement officer who lost everything after having been encarcerated for four years. I did security and other jobs which were related to my profession. I havent been able to find a job for the past four years after my release from state prison. will someone help me?
diana

Walnut, CA

#4 Sep 18, 2006
awesome idea. I wish I had the money or connections to do the same for ex felons in CA
Dick S

Kenosha, WI

#6 Oct 3, 2006
anyone know anyone in Chicago or Milwaukee area who would take on a 26 year old gal, college educated, one incidence with drugs, clean 6 months, bright:
Lesley W

AOL

#7 Oct 13, 2006
I am a 33 year old female with 2 daughters who made the biggest mistake in my life by committing a crime. In 2001 I had just gotten laid off on my job about 3 months earlier. It was a under the table cash position for a new business so I was not able to draw any unemployment. I was desperate and hungry and used some very bad judgement and it cost me 2 years of mine and my children's lives. Since being released in late 2003, I have been unable to find employment. I have many, many marketable skils and some college credits. The job I have before my incarceration was a office manager for a small chiropractic office in which I was making $40,000/yr. I cannot go back to school because I cannot afford it. I have been living off welfare and a have to volunteer 80 hours a month just to recieve a $375 welfare check that is not even enough to pay rent. I have been unable even to get a job at McDonalds!! It is much easier for a man with a conviction to get a job because they are more marketable for construction and industrial jobs which I have also applied for. Staffing or temp agencies are not like they used to be. They also screen out felons and conduct criminal background checks. I have tried everything from being up front and honest with a potential employer to not disclosing my conviction at all in hope that they will not do a background check. And due to the fact I committed what the system calls a "white collar crime" and it is a federal conviction makes my chances slim to none in finding suitable employment that is going to allow me and my children to survive. I live in the Chicago area and if there is anyone out there willing to give me a chance LET ME PROVE MYSELF TO YOU!!!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Contact lesley_2670@yahoo.com if you are interested and would like to see my resume or ask any questions. Other convicted felons out there LET'S NETWORK!!! We have to help each other because the system is set up for us to F.A.I.L!!!!!!!
Jeannie

Davis Junction, IL

#8 Oct 16, 2006
I 100% agree with all of you the warfare system is full of it and work system do not waant to give a person with a background a chance at all they treat us like we are poison or something. Going from 37,500 a year to nothing is a total __________ you put in the word I only recieve food stamp and a medical card I have daughter who is going to coming out of High School soon so I am catching it hard if you are a mother you will understand! I went through the Safer Foundation they do help but after the company find out that you have a felon back ground they cut you deep.
OnYourSide

Yorkville, IL

#9 Oct 16, 2006
Good Luck to you all. God Bless.
first time felon

Berwyn, IL

#10 Oct 18, 2006
i had a impecable background no priors clean as a whistle ,till one day i had a nevous breakdown stole a car recieved a class 2 felony. I come to find out i basicly dont have rights anymore and or they have to be reinstated.i wanted to get into criminal justice in college. Now that i have a felony thats highly impossible...so what im wondering is.... i know not everybody in the criminal justice field has a clean slate...matter of fact im sure there are probably multy felons in law enforcment....what im askin is ....are there anyone who knows if you can persue criminal justice with a felony...and if not what do i have to do.......wait for jesus to come back....if so i hope he comes sooner than expected.....because in society today a cat has more rights than i do..and i think that is totaly wrong..felons should have a change to work back into society...i am human you know...ty
Sharon

Austin, TX

#11 Oct 18, 2006
This is great what you are doing. I have a son who is 31 years old and has been in and out of prison since 13 years old when the older guys had him sell drugs for them in return for drugs in which he became a drug addict. He has been clean for 3 years now and it tears me up to see how much crap he has to go through to not even be considered for a job. He is a hard working and wants to stay clean but is losing his faith in society.
A sad Mom
John_Oregon

Roseburg, OR

#12 Oct 19, 2006
Oil Can Henery's is awasome for giving ex-CON's a second chance
HR Recruiter

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Nov 15, 2006
You know it sad for me to have to turn away people who are really good people and have strong background and exp in there job profession. and right now I am just angry very angry I just had to turn away some one that was more qualified for the job then the people I hire and it was nothing I could do about it .. I had to see this man walk out the door about to cry because all he needed was a job. I think society sucks
Tina

United States

#14 Nov 28, 2006
I have a friend who was in prison for drugs. He is out of prison now but having a hard time finding a job. The sad part is that he really wants to do right, but only the people doing wrong are offering him a way to make money. This is the sad cycle that keep many people on the wrong side of the law. Is it possible for someone to help me? I live in Chicago and anything job for him will be a fresh start.
gradschoolfelon

Fort Smith, AR

#15 Dec 28, 2006
Well, you will not work in the field of law enforcement in any way, shape, or form. If you have the ability and character traits, you could pursue a master's in counseling and then work towards a Ph.D. in Public Policy w/ a focus on criminal justice and/or alternative sentencing programs. However, you would not be doing any sort of law enforcement, you'd have to deal with the treatment and counseling end of it within an alternative sentencing arena. That's just an idea, because I'm doing it. Wish you the best, but it's really difficult to get into graduate school and Ph.D. programs; I hope you did well in school.
first time felon wrote:
i had a impecable background no priors clean as a whistle ,till one day i had a nevous breakdown stole a car recieved a class 2 felony. I come to find out i basicly dont have rights anymore and or they have to be reinstated.i wanted to get into criminal justice in college. Now that i have a felony thats highly impossible...so what im wondering is.... i know not everybody in the criminal justice field has a clean slate...matter of fact im sure there are probably multy felons in law enforcment....what im askin is ....are there anyone who knows if you can persue criminal justice with a felony...and if not what do i have to do.......wait for jesus to come back....if so i hope he comes sooner than expected.....because in society today a cat has more rights than i do..and i think that is totaly wrong..felons should have a change to work back into society...i am human you know...ty
Darthor

AOL

#16 Dec 31, 2006
I am a convicted felon and have been searching for a job for some time now and have had no luck. I have college credits in computer information management, yet still can't find a job. I have been slowly coming to grips with the fact that I am going to have a hard time the rest of my life due to the fact that I am a convicted felon. How are we expected to fly straight as people would say, if we are not given a chance to live, work, and in some cases even exist in this society? By putting felons in the situation in which they are, our society as a whole is doomed to be stuck in an infinite loop in which you are incarcerated and must lie, cheat, or steal upon release just to get by, and in doing so stand a chance of incarceration once again. Where does the justice lie in that? Something must be done. But what is to be done is the question? I have pondered many times this question and no answers have yet been found. Some people will say that it is the way things should be, and that we should never have committed a crime.
I say to them: Almost every man, and woman in this country have at some point in there life committed a crime of some sort, for those who haven't I commend you, for you are part of the few who haven't. If you are to judge us I remind you what the good book says, "Judge not lest you be judged." I am afraid that all which has been said herein will fall on def ears, for there is no change in site. As long as people still carry this narrow minded dogmatic view of a convicted felon, a felon stands no chance. I believe that we (felons) should come together and voice our distaste in the current system. One voice for all! Join me and we may get the cogs of change to roll once more.
Tina

Chicago, IL

#18 Jan 3, 2007
I have a friend who is 23 years old who got into a little trouble served his time in boot came an he is looking for a job, he is a hard worker an can do the work if given a chance he knows how to do cement work like sidewalks well you might say he is a cement finisher he dosen't has the license but knows his job well he also knows roof work detailing cars custodian work any odds an ends jobs he knows an can do if given a chance he's drug free,he also have a good heart an get's alone well with people with no problems pretty much keeps to his self he also knows how to build dogs houses a love pit bull if anyone knows or can help my friend out with a job it would be great my email address is COLACOLA2004@yahoo.com we live in Chicago Il South Side
Nancy

Chicago, IL

#19 Feb 8, 2007
Does anyone know where can a convicted felon get a job in chicago??
Keonte

Denver, NC

#20 Feb 19, 2007
I'm a very intelligent man with knowledge in many different fields(Electronics/Electrical, Computers,HVAC), but I'm a convicted felon. Most companies have a policy that won't hire felons within 7 - 10 years of your last felony conviction. 7-10 YEARS!!!What do they expect a person to do who's trying to live right between that time? You're in a lose-lose situation, because on the flip side companies won't hire you without a recent work history. They complain about the revolving door system. It's amazing that people who are so smart are so unintelligent. If anyone know of any possible solutions please fill me in.
jose

Tucson, AZ

#21 Feb 19, 2007
I had a perfect background. Now i can't get a job. I have a wife and two kids that depend on me. My mistake was out of love for my wife i was broke and on our 10th year aniversery I made a mistake that i would not have even done. I've tried to find jobs but they never call back or if they hire me they fire me as soon as they get my back ground records...and people wonder why drugs are being sold and people being stolen from. Its society at it's finest no one will give second chances even if a crime is small. I have not resorted to crime at all but I can now clearly see. If you can't work because some asshole won't give you a job even if you have the skills. knowing that if you make a mistake all they have to do is call your p.o and you do time thats all but no. Some one out there is there to keep you down Even if it involves the inocents of children and love ones.
Gayle---Chicago

United States

#22 Feb 19, 2007
I feel sorry for all of you. One of the Judges on daytime TV said that he was in a lot of trouble and caused his Mother grief. Since then he became a lawyer and is now a Judge, so there must be a way around it all. My Son was in a bad accident some years back and it took a long time for him to recover, he has lived on disability since then but is willing and eager to get back into the work force. He used to be an auto mechanic, but now no one wants to take a chance because he has been out of the work force for so long. What a shame, I suppose there are qualified people that get these jobs, it seems like if you have just one little black mark, you're doomed. In my son's case he had a good paying job before this accident and he was good at what he did--now he doesn't get a chance to prove himself, he can't get past the front door.

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