New Procedure for Virginia Felons to get rights restored - wtvr

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Governor Bob McDonnell is making it easier for nonviolent convicted felons to get their rights restored after they've served their time.
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Tina

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May 20, 2010
 

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Thank you for having a heart and understanding the rights of all citizens and the pain felt by convicted felons when they go to get a job and is turned down due to their past. The past is just that, the past and needs to be forgiven.
Peoria

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Wow. This is a big positive change that will help society in the long run. Previously these men and women would never be able to get jobs and reenter the work force and thus be forced to a life of crime or obtaining tax money from the goverment. This is a fair thing to do and as a voter that normally votes democrat, I commend the governor for doing such a thing.
Dean

Richmond, VA

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May 20, 2010
 
I am a convicted felon and am so glad to hear this. I commited a crime and by technical definition they charged me and I took my punishment. During this period I was a youth sports coach as well and am glad to hear that now after 15yrs I can feel more like a citizen than a cxast out.
not a teahead

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May 20, 2010
 
iTS not like his heart is being involved its for political expediency.
TINA

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Now there needs to be a program for ex felons to help them get back into the work world by getting them jobs which will cut down on crime also.
Mort

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TINA wrote:
Now there needs to be a program for ex felons to help them get back into the work world by getting them jobs which will cut down on crime also.
a job thats above minimun wage.trying to make it on 8$hr. by yourself doesnt work.

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May 21, 2010
 
In a perfect world, these folks would have thought about the consequences of their acts before the fact. Non-violent felons are probably a semi safe bet for getting their rights back. There is still going to be that pesky record though. Job market is not wide open now and may not be until political landscape changes. Good luck
Mort

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greg in central va wrote:
In a perfect world, these folks would have thought about the consequences of their acts before the fact. Non-violent felons are probably a semi safe bet for getting their rights back. There is still going to be that pesky record though. Job market is not wide open now and may not be until political landscape changes. Good luck
sometimes you have to make a split decision if you what to live or die.when suddenly attacked the police are useless.everything isn'nt so black and white.
RICHARD STOKES

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We as convicted felons have to take advantage of this great opportunity. We have to remember that having these rights restored is only half the battle. The other half is not making the governor regret this decision. Let's pull together, form businesser, work hard and deter others from travelng the roads we've been down.

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Richard Stokes........STANDING OVATION.....Sounds like you get it.

Mort, I have no clue what you said.
Girl in Richmond Va

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May 21, 2010
 
This is one of the best things you could have done for the people in Richmond Va. I have a big family here and some of them are convicted felons. Do the people even know how hard it is to raise your kids without a job an a felon holding you back. I have prayed for this day to come they all needs a second chances. Thank god its time for a change. Now my brother can come home from prison and look foward to getting a job rather then saling drugs. Its a peace of mind for them. You all have my blessing..

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Girl in Richmond, I hope you are correct but I fear some of you are mistaking restoration of rights to mean a cleansing of the records. Big difference.
not a teahead

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greg in central va wrote:
Girl in Richmond, I hope you are correct but I fear some of you are mistaking restoration of rights to mean a cleansing of the records. Big difference.
When did Kaine restore your rights?

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Midlothian, VA

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not a teahead wrote:
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When did Kaine restore your rights?
I doubt he is a convicted felon or had to have his voting rights restored.

You on the other hand have been advocating your alternate life style by trying to claim everyone that disagrees with you is a "Teabagger" pervert like you.

Could be the reason you never got that "top senior adviser" job you claimed the governor was going to give you.

Your lies are catching up with you nothead.
Bob Lobllaw

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May 23, 2010
 
Any of you truely interested in researching a awesome gang and felon succsessful society re-entry program... read about G and his Homeboy program that has done tons of good in Southern California.

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Good idea Bob, I don't think anyone wants to keep punishing people forever. We do expect however, to be kept safe from the segment that can't seem to break the habit. All the well meaning programs in the world won't help unless the convict makes a dedicated effort to avail themselves of it and participate fully. To those I say.......WAY TO GO.
Nell Jones

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Jun 15, 2010
 
I need more information on this because I my signifant other recieved a felony because he was protecting his family. He hit a man in the head with a hammer because the man was beating on the grandmother of his children and was approaching her with it when my signifant other grabbed the hammer and hit him with it. Even though his actions were not acceptable he still has done his time and is still doing more time out here in society by not being able to find a job, support his children by paying his child support. The world doesn't want these men and women to do anything else bad but if you are an adult and you can't take care of home what else is out there for you. He has applied to numerous of jobs even the ones social services has said will hire felons but still they discriminate because of his past. When will he be able to restore his life and take care of the children he has?
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amen Mort people don't always do everything they are in jail for, and others are always quick to judge. They also need to change the one size fits all sex offenders laws, its so sad to see boys 16 through 20 get charged just like real sex offenders, some have done no more than the rest of us at that age, they slept with their girlfriends and either her parents or her cry rape, its such big time crap,we grow up hearing how girls mature years faster than boys, but the minute, sex comes into the picture, it is always the boys fault, I'm sorry but being a female I take full responability for my actions as a 13 to 18 year old, I flirted, wore skimmpy clothing,and it made no difference how old the guy was, I wanted that attention, and when I did have sex I made the choice, and sorry but most of the time it was my idea,I started it, wanted it, and never blame it anyone else for it happening, regrets yes I have a few, but I turned out ok....And theres not a man sitting in Jail somewhere serving 45yrs for having sex with me,doesn't that sound like alot of years, well I think its like 15yrs per time so if a 18yr old sleeps with his 15 yr old girlfriend thinking shes 18(cause thats what she said)3 times he could get 45yrs and when their time is up they live with it the rest of their lives,A FELLON who registers every 3 months,is judged by 2 words SEX OFFENDER,can't live, work or visit certian places,TIME SERVED means nothing, because it follows them till the day they die.I would like to stand in congress and if everyone would be honest, ask how many of them have had sex with someone under 18 when they were 18 or older.Why don't we make murders,drunk drivers,drug dealers,and theives register too. They serve their time but most of them re-offend.
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<quoted text>sometimes you have to make a split decision if you what to live or die.when suddenly attacked the police are useless.everything isn'nt so black and white.
Chris

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greg in central va wrote:
In a perfect world, these folks would have thought about the consequences of their acts before the fact. Non-violent felons are probably a semi safe bet for getting their rights back. There is still going to be that pesky record though. Job market is not wide open now and may not be until political landscape changes. Good luck
In a perfect world we wouldn't have any crime or anything, but that's not going to happen. People do things, but that doesn't mean that's all they know. Give people a chance. Only God has the power to judge us.
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Chris wrote:
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In a perfect world we wouldn't have any crime or anything, but that's not going to happen. People do things, but that doesn't mean that's all they know. Give people a chance. Only God has the power to judge us.
Does anyone know where a ex felon can get a job in Richmond, Va? Thank you for your help.

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