GA: New state law gives ex offenders hope for landing a job

A new state law is a beacon of hope for job seekers with a criminal history. Albany Second Chance hosted workshops for ex-offenders Monday at Albany Technical College and Albany State University.  Speakers from the Georgia Justice Project said state is the second worst in the nation for barriers that keep ex-offenders from finding jobs, but they hope the Record Restriction Law will help. 

Many of the hundreds of people crammed together in the Albany Tech Kirkland Conference Center were seeking a new beginning. “Who doesn’t wish they could go back and make it right, you know?  But it is what it is,” said ____ ____, Albany Resident.  He, like many others at the Cleaning Up Your Criminal Record workshop, has a criminal history.”I’m not going back.  I got a wife and six kids.  So…you know, it keeps my head up but it gets hard,” he said.  Full Article

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Sounds all nice and flowery, but I seriously doubt it will do anything to help people on the registry. It also sounds pretty weak.

If the government is concerned about our un-employment, it can do one direct thing, allow us to do the work it is now giving to private contractors. Build roads, maintain government websites, and whatever else the government does, which is just about everything. The government is the biggest business there is. They should use us and get a return on investment instead of wasting time trying to get the private sector to ignore our records, when they look for any way to weed out applicants. Ain’t going to happen in this economy, unless you do it yourself.

As Long as registrants are required to register they should be given a CCW license to carry side-arms for their safety and that of their families as well as being exempt from paying taxes. 47% of Americans don’t pay taxes why not exempt those that aren’t being represented?

Another thing I feel every registrant should be a Prepper for WTSHTF (when the shit hits the fan) for us in a way it already has! I’m taking wilderness and urban survival courses as well as trapping and foraging. There’s a thing called normalcy bias that most people are living under. We as registrants in a way have to see with different eyes. I now have a job that can go anywhere and lends itself to blending into most environments. We need these kind of trainings.

Research living off the grid but modify what is learned to be useful on the go. If you are bound by family learn to adjust your situation to minimize the effects of being on the registry for your family. I had to move out into a rent a room situation until I got off probation (no fun there).