re.hiring convicted felons
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Shadrach

Conyers, GA

#65 May 30, 2013
Recovering Molestor wrote:
<quoted text>America does forgive,I'm a registered sex offender whom served 24 months in prison for molesting a 6 year old relative.I was blessed to gain employment after being released.I currently work for KIA Motors in Lagrange,Ga after coming clean on my resume and imterview of my past demons.I pray that other convicted felons will be as fortunate as myself.
No offense to anyone but i will bet my life you are Caucasian.
KENTUCKIAN

Elizabethtown, KY

#66 Mar 3, 2014
lighteredknot wrote:
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People who have been convicted of a felony have proven to God and the courts they are unreliable criminals. What more do you want?
. No matter what your standpoint is on this topic there is something that you have to consider. The recidivism rate for felony offenders is high. That is in part due to the fact that those felons who would otherwise be productive citizens cannot find jobs and support themselves or their families. Giving low risk felons a chance at a new beginning, is a good incentive for felons not to re-offend. When people are pushed into a corner and they are out of options, they may do things that they would not normally do.
For example: if a personís family is hungry, and they canít get housing or jobs, that person may do something that they would never dream of doing had circumstances been different. It may be a bad choice, but between the choice of going hungry, being homeless and broke, and not being employable or eligible for state or government help, that person may have very limited choices to survive. They may take the point of view for example ď What am I supposed to do, I canít eat, I have no way to pay rent, I have no way to feed my family, I am not employable, I have 2 options, break the law to get money or lay down and DIE.Ē Most likely they are not going to lie down and die. So then the cycle continues. A person, who made 1 mistake years ago, has now graduated up to more serious crimes. Then there is a good chance that, that person will probably evolve into a persistent felony offender
KENTUCKIAN

Elizabethtown, KY

#67 Mar 3, 2014
silk wrote:
once you get thst f tag youre done.No matter what you do to better yourself, improve your judgement,process every thing thats happing around you and too you the way society says is the correct way of thinking, even after serving your time for what ever wrong we've done in our communities(which serving time is supposed to be the punishment)we are reconvicted once release by our peers. Never again to be given the chance to be all that we could become for a mistake or two in judgement.whats so bad is most of us obtain felonies very early in lif 17yrs old 20yrs old. whole life punished from that point on in some form or another.Well fellow Americans,I'm talking to the unforgivers, look at your history, even how the land you call america yours was gotten (theft by deception,murder,rape ,kidnapping,false inprisonment,and slavery,so you really dont have room to be judgmental but a lot of room for forgivness you think.
Some felonies are so minor that you serve no prison or jail time for them, you just get probation. If you stay out of trouble for the time of the probation, you get off of probation and all is well. The thing is, that felony stays or your record, and when you go to try to get a job, on paper you might as well be a SEX OFFENDER or A MURDERER, the results are the same. You will not be hired, you are a "liability". You will be turned down for public housing. Going to school and getting educated will not change your job prospects. As the law is now, this stays on your record for the rest of your life. Thatís kind of a harsh sentence for something that a person just received ďPROBATIONĒ for. Thatís like a life sentence to be served outside of the jail system.
KENTUCKIAN

Elizabethtown, KY

#68 Mar 3, 2014
lighteredknot wrote:
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The key words here are "trust" and "reliable". Look at their past record to find out how well they adhere to these words. You hire who you want, and so will I.
lighteredknot wrote:
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The key words here are "trust" and "reliable". Look at their past record to find out how well they adhere to these words. You hire who you want, and so will I.
I'm trust worthy. Never stole anything. Put myself through college. I have a good work ethnic and I am dependable otherwise, I would not have gotten through college. I have multiple references from Managers that I have worked for in the past and present. Not to mention personal references testifying to my good character. So, your point is mute. However, A college degree will get you anywhere if you are a felon. Non-Felons with degrees are having a hard time finding jobs. I'm a felon, 3.9 GPA, Deans list, Bachelors Degree, Etc, and can't pass a background check, or make it to an interview if I mark FELON on the application. Plus, I'm overqualified for McDonald's types of jobs, so no luck there either. One said they were afraid that if they hired me I would end up taking their job from them. Some may say that felons can start their own business. Well, in order to be self employed, you have to have MONEY to start that business, whether it be a brick and mortar business or Just a Landscaper who mows. Business tools, mowers, Products, insurance, and operating cost all cost MONEY. So where is a person who can't get a job supposed to get that money? Banks only give loans to those who don't need them, or to those who have a lot of collateral to back up the loan. So, how is this felon supposed to fund this business? I guess he/she could try to do one BIG SCORE / Illegal Activity and then go legit. Of course he would have to rob, or steal, or sell a controlled substance to get the funds he/she needs to start a legitimate business. He just funded it the only way he could. Do you want to be the one they rob or steal from to go legit?
Were all human

Phenix City, AL

#69 Apr 17, 2014
Everybody wants to rag on felons. We're thieves, we're trouble, or we're liars but the truth is that most of you single minded racists wouldn't know we were even felons most of the time if we never told you. You can't label a group as a whole until you've had an experience with more than one. I am 26 and when I was 18 I took a guys money who came to me wanting dope and I'd never sold drugs. Was it wrong, yes...Should I have to live with this teenage mistake forever, I don't think so. I'm honest and would give anyone the shirt off of my back. So before you judge me take the time to look in the mirror at your condescending eyes and realize whats going on within you that makes you lash out on people you've never met. I'm not sure about you, but I'm a good, honest person who just wants a shot at life like anybody else.
Bear

Dallas, GA

#70 Apr 17, 2014
Were all human wrote:
Everybody wants to rag on felons. We're thieves, we're trouble, or we're liars but the truth is that most of you single minded racists wouldn't know we were even felons most of the time if we never told you. You can't label a group as a whole until you've had an experience with more than one. I am 26 and when I was 18 I took a guys money who came to me wanting dope and I'd never sold drugs. Was it wrong, yes...Should I have to live with this teenage mistake forever, I don't think so. I'm honest and would give anyone the shirt off of my back. So before you judge me take the time to look in the mirror at your condescending eyes and realize whats going on within you that makes you lash out on people you've never met. I'm not sure about you, but I'm a good, honest person who just wants a shot at life like anybody else.
That was not a "teenage mistake".

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