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ACSOL’s Online EPIC Conference: Empowered People Inspiring Change Sept 17-18, 2021

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To help ex-cons, ban the box

The most telling predictor of whether an ex-offender will reenter the community as a law-abiding and productive member, or whether instead he or she will return to jail or prison, is employment. Former inmates with steady jobs have fairly high success rates. For those who can’t find work, prospects are dismal. Full Article

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How about this…make it a law that employees can’t know about a person’s criminal past unless it directly relates to the job in some way. If a person is a registered sex offender and his crime involved a teenage girl, why should that ever have any bearing on him getting a job where he’s not around teenage girls??? If a person’s crime is stealing cars, that should not matter if he’s trying to get a job in an office. Bottom line, if people can get jobs, they aren’t as likely to commit new crimes. If someone is concerned about recividism… Read more »

This is almost something. But far too little. Its government employers only. And even they still get to consider the conviction before hiring you. And they’re not sitting around looking to be social workers, they’re in personnel and they are acting on written black-and-white policies, they don’t care what your story is. This proposal is decidedly useless if they are following black-and-white policies. Better would be something more like the policy that employers like Bloomberg use. At Bloomberg, they specifically explain that you need reveal only felonies, and only felonies that are less than five years old. Once that five… Read more »

This is a really great article! I was convicted of a wobble and I can’t tell you how hard I worked at getting it expunged. I eventually went into banking. I mean, this is a no brainer. When people are working, starting families, married and have mortgages, people are typically more responsible. Its common sense. Truly.. I remember as a young man getting hair cut at a barber shop. Well, the barber was a bigot. I still to this day recall him telling me how he hired a great guy and somehow an ex con came in and he found… Read more »

Couple months back I applied with a Walmart distribution center in AZ. I was called for an interview, then got to the point of the drug and background check. Drug was clean. I was denied employment but my report does not state why. Can someone comment? Is it because I am a felon..a sex offender? I’ve read since they only go back 7 years, wait until then.

This Walmart distribution center, like most, is in the middle of nowhere with no children in sight at all. If I can’t get a job there, where can I?

Thanks

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