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Living with 290

Living with 290: Finding Work

I was convicted in federal court of distribution and possession of child pornography in January 2008. I was sentenced to 151 months, which, after good time, was a little under 11 years. I was released from prison in June 2018 and sent to a halfway house in Indiana, about three hours from my home. While there, I was encouraged to work, because you have to pay them part of it, but I actually wanted to work so I obtained a job at a local factory through the halfway house. In September, I was released from the halfway house to home confinement back at my mother’s house in Illinois. Since being home, I have applied for probably 50 jobs, been to all three staffing agencies in town, and had three interviews. The first company I interviewed with didn’t bother to call me and tell me anything, whether or not I was being considered, and if not, why. I have actually run into that problem a lot, people just not calling me back. I have been completely truthful and honest on each and every application and interview about my background. I feel like I at least deserve a call back letting me know why I’m not being considered, even though I know it’s because of my background, and not my interviews or work history.

With all of these companies being so desperate for qualified, competent, reliable workers, which I am, I just don’t understand why this one thing should still be held against me. I was always a productive member of society before, and would like to become one again, but I just can’t seem to get anyone to give me a second chance. I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to feel pretty hopeless, because my savings has officially run out. I do have family support, a vehicle, and a place to stay, but I wonder how long they are going to want to support me because I don’t know how long this is going to drag out.

So, that’s my story, appreciate any comments or advice anyone can give me, because I’m totally lost right now and don’t know what I should do.

I was convicted in federal court of distribution and possession of child pornography in January 2008. I was sentenced to 151 months, which, after good time, was a little under 11 years. I was released from prison in June 2018 and sent to a halfway house in Indiana, about three hours from my home. While there, I was encouraged to work, because you have to pay them part of it, but I actually wanted to work so I obtained a job at a local factory through the halfway house. In September, I was released from the halfway house to home confinement back at my mother’s house in Illinois. Since being home, I have applied for probably 50 jobs, been to all three staffing agencies in town, and had three interviews. The first company I interviewed with didn’t bother to call me and tell me anything, whether or not I was being considered, and if not, why. I have actually run into that problem a lot, people just not calling me back. I have been completely truthful and honest on each and every application and interview about my background. I feel like I at least deserve a call back letting me know why I’m not being considered, even though I know it’s because of my background, and not my interviews or work history.

With all of these companies being so desperate for qualified, competent, reliable workers, which I am, I just don’t understand why this one thing should still be held against me. I was always a productive member of society before, and would like to become one again, but I just can’t seem to get anyone to give me a second chance. I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to feel pretty hopeless, because my savings has officially run out. I do have family support, a vehicle, and a place to stay, but I wonder how long they are going to want to support me because I don’t know how long this is going to drag out.

So, that’s my story, appreciate any comments or advice anyone can give me, because I’m totally lost right now and don’t know what I should do.

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