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RI: After prison, more punishment

[washingtonpost.com – 9/3/19]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — He had spent 17 of his 46 years behind bars, locked in a pattern of addiction and crime that led to 16 prison terms. Now, Meko Lincoln pushed a cart of cleaning supplies at the reentry house to which he had been paroled in December, determined to provide for his grandchildren in a way he failed to do as a father.

“Keep on movin’, don’t stop,” Lincoln sang, grooving to the British R&B group Soul II Soul on his headphones as he emptied trash cans and scrubbed toilets at Amos House. He passed a bulletin board plastered with hiring notices — a line cook, a warehouse worker, a landscaper — all good jobs for someone with a felony record, but not enough for him.

Lincoln, who is training to be a drug and alcohol counselor, wants those lost years to count for something more.

“I lived it,” he said. “I understand it. My past is not a liability. It’s an asset. I can help another person save their life.”

Yet because regulations in Rhode Island and most other states exclude people with criminal backgrounds from many jobs, Lincoln’s record, which includes sentences for robbery and assault, may well be held against him.

Across the country, more than 10,000 regulations restrict people with criminal records from obtaining occupational licenses, according to a database developed by the American Bar Association. The restrictions are defended as a way to protect the public. But Lincoln and others point out that the rules are often arbitrary and ambiguous.

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  1. P

    The Last Mile is trying to fix the problem by teaching technical skills to inmates. Mark Zuckerberg is a supporter of TLM. Please check out: https://thelastmile.org/

    • TS

      And dear Mark shuns those who are impacted by the registry by kicking people off his data gathering website. No one here is a fan of his.

      Teaching skills is one thing, but getting to use them is another as illustrated here when society says no.

    • ReadyToFight

      Sooo… what I got from that is “Rules” are there to protect the Public.
      Moral is, once a person makes a mistake and is branded a criminal they are no longer ever a part of the Public….. got it.

  2. Tim in WI

    This is another development in cyber bullying sec 230US CODE made possible.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/i-was-scared-judge-testifies-in-trial-for-man-accused-of-criticizing-her-in-facebook-posts/ar-AAHtCzE?ocid=AMZN

    The big data firms lobbied to remove by fed decree( 230) that third party acts on networks advanced by social media liability from redress by victims of cyber bullying. SORNA A is a form of cyber bullying too. In at least by some of the people ( Matsch). Judge here claims threat via criticism of her FB posts. This is the kind of direct conflict the political class does not want, especially via the wrongly convicted, or even those with non attack offenses to engage in. If sex offenders had a voice on that FB platform the heat would intensify upon the ruling class. The man in this case is not a sex offender and this implicates the broader scope of free speech and chilling effects upon the whole of the people’s plain liberty. One more case for the anti-social nature of the electronic database infrastructures. So our states decide to smear citizens good names world wide via SOR for a wide variety of unlawful behavior has expanded to including sexting children on the machine databases. This man’s case expressly denotes the dangers wrought through an unfettered approaches to the iteration of database machine. Once you begin to indenture humans to database whereby H<M the republic is lost by definition. More and more judges are being disrespected and under threat from every direction. Judge Persky of CA comes to mind. The judge who signed J Epstein plea agreement another. All a direct result of the Rehnquist decision in the 03 Doe cases tossing judicial power into the shit can for the sake of big data brokers, federal domestic surveillance saints and Byrne Grant crowd. The presumption a database machine would render less criminal activity is an error epic in proportion.

  3. Leroy

    Now mental health is going to solidify and be allowed unhindered from castrating more men because they are putting out this approach is good, acceptable and helpful in every way and now that the DOJ has Fuc$#@ many men’s lives it’s the us Health Departments turn to do it’s worst !!
    it’s involvement will bring even harder issues to deal with and repeal and fight against !!
    Because it is more in-depth and is mascaraded as helping cure and or treat the problem, but the problem is they are allowed to alter tamper destroy people’s rights and health and lives by never ending punishment under the guise of treatment !!
    Much much worse situations !!

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