If ex-felons pay their dues to societ...

If ex-felons pay their dues to society, let's give them a chanc...

There are 1168 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 8, 2008, titled If ex-felons pay their dues to society, let's give them a chanc.... In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

I submit that Virginians are idiots. Not idiots wholesale, and not every single citizen, but certainly too many of those who make our laws and far too many of those who elect them.

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not telling

Spotsylvania, VA

#1301 Nov 6, 2010
diamond or coal wrote:
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Good news people I hear even if you get your felony off your record (pay good money too) here in the U.S. If you try to go into Canada they wont let you in, your an undesirable. So, where you gonna get a job, take back some of the jobs that the illegal mexicans have. Build your own business, or don't have a family. Why would you want to anyway and have them looked upon in shame or pity. Oh, dear I am feeling touchy this morning. Ohh, monkey boy (claps hands)... coffee please..
Your an idiot, if the record is expunged (if you don't know what that word is it means off your record) there would be no way canada would know unless they told them
wayne

Ocala, FL

#1302 Nov 6, 2010
Muslim Patriot wrote:
<quoted text> Nah, you're way off base here. We need to go back to the way it was over 200 years ago. The only people who should be allowed to vote are white monied land owners. No women. No minorities. No renters. No poor people. If you are white, wealthy, and own property, then you are the only ones with a vested interest in the country. If you are white but not wealthy and/or do not own property you obviously do not give a crap about your country, so "No vote for you."
parasites on the dole should not have the right to vote.

Since: Oct 10

Union, NJ

#1303 Nov 7, 2010
Everybody deserve a chance. My wife a felon and she a good person, I love her to death!! Everyone makes mistakes.
Grits n Gravy

United States

#1304 Nov 8, 2010
And when I leave, come together like butt cheeks!
NEVER KNEW PEOPLE WERE SO

Cleveland, OH

#1306 Dec 12, 2011
YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A VERY IGNORANT PERSON GET A LIFE!
Muslim Patriot wrote:
<quoted text> Nah, you're way off base here. We need to go back to the way it was over 200 years ago. The only people who should be allowed to vote are white monied land owners. No women. No minorities. No renters. No poor people. If you are white, wealthy, and own property, then you are the only ones with a vested interest in the country. If you are white but not wealthy and/or do not own property you obviously do not give a crap about your country, so "No vote for you."
JJ A

Plano, TX

#1308 Dec 7, 2012
moe bettor wrote:
expunge after 5 years ? why not allow everyone to commit one rime every 5 years?-why stop there ,.why not give up on arresting anybody?-- ever ,.... open all the prisons ,...give them all free housing ,....and allow them to have all the kids they want !{wait ,........ we are doing that already !}
and I bet this person has never done nothing wrong, never made a mistake in his life. ecept for this stupid comment. All we ask is not to pay for our mistake for life. I wrote Hot checks at stores for food for my family. Yes i missed up i done 4 years probation and payed restitution. every body got there money back. and for this this person thinks i should still pay for my crime, they think i guess Im going out every night to brack the law. My crime was in 1981 I now work at One of the Largest hospital in the U S in the maintenance department, I make over $50.000.00 a year, three kids with my oldest is an RN. 5 grand kids and none of them have commented a crime, and i have not broke the law since 1981.I payed about $2.000.00 a year back to in come tax and pay my taxes every year. I Payed off my 3 bdrm brike home 2 years agoi have an 30 foot RV that i payed cash for Play golf 2 to 3 time a week. so you see. not all people are born to commet crimes there hole lives. they just make mistakes. JUST LIKE YOU DO .
Your stupid pro-excon

Denver, CO

#1312 Friday Dec 2
The Bird wrote:
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Please go back to your fatherland! You are getting boring.
You people are stupid, all of you are stupid that man is tarnished for life because he for his driver license at home WTH enough said.
One day you'll fall off that horse.

“HUNTING RIGHTS ADVOCATE”

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Since: Oct 08

Boggy Creek

#1313 Saturday
When someone commits a crime our laws and courts assign a punishment to that crime. Unless the court hands down a sentence of "life" there must be an end, a complete end, to the punishment. A point at which the transgressor becomes, once again, a citizen with complete and unrestricted rights like everyone else. Otherwise there is absolutely no point in having a judicial system, just give everyone who breaks the law a life sentence. Many repeat offenders commit their second offense because they are branded by society to the point where they are unable to make an honest living, acquire decent housing, and generally not permitted to function as a normal citizen. If the court hands down a sentence of ten years and the offender has lawfully done all that the court demands, at the end of that ten years the record of that crime and punishment should be sealed and only accessible by court order if another offense is committed. We, as a society, set people up for failure by refusing to see an end to their debt to society. One felony conviction can sentence a person to a life of unemployment no matter how hard they try to turn their life around. How can we call ourselves the "Land Of The Free" when we deliberately cripple the freedom of people after one transgression? Repeat offenders and professional criminals are not hard to identify and should be dealt with accordingly but those who learn from their mistake should be completely reinstated to full citizenship after paying their debt to society and allowed to get on with their lives with no restrictions. Just one man's opinion.

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