why is hard for a felon to get a job but if your a lawyer,judge no problems

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eladiojr1 in Chandler, Arizona

38 months ago

Shannon in San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas said: Hello everyone - please don't feel like you are going through this alone. I am a felon. It's been 21 yrs since my conviction and I have been home 14 yrs coming in May. I had worked for a Fortune 500 company up until last month - when I was laid off with another 100 people due to the economy. I was making more money then my PO, but now I'm not making anything. I have filled out approximately 60+ applications - which I know I more then qualified but I haven't rec'd not one call back. We all know why they don't call back. It's like OMG - they have been in prison - they are bad bad people. I hate we are judged by the felons who come home and screw up again. Not all of us are like that. There are a handful of us - who are really trying to make the best life we can for ourselves and our family. If we could only create an organization that would actually help us felons - that would be awesome, but we are talking about society - and we aren't going to get any breaks regardless. If anyone hears of someone willing to take a chance, please drop me a line. I am a single mother, with mortgage, car note etc, and of course don't qualify for state assistance because my house and vehicle appraises out too much.... Go figure... Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK to everyone.....

Creating an organization is a very good idea, that is exactly what I had thought before I even searched this. 1 thought I would like to everyone to think about, if unemployment is at 9% or higher I bet that most of that 9% is felony citizens. in my opinion its probably at least 80% if that 9% that are felony citizens. We need to fight this form of suppression for people who want to do good.

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BroncoBilly in Denton, Texas

38 months ago

Stephen Manley saw our thread and is fighting the three credit reporting companies using Texas Business and Commerce Code 20.05 to fight for his rights.

Here's the link to his story:

forwardtimesonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1389:blackballed-one-mans-fight-against-employment-discrimination&catid=69:local-and-state&Itemid=126

Let's all pull together and encourage him to continue the fight.

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BroncoBilly in Denton, Texas

38 months ago

Also wanted to provide this document in which Rick Perry validates Texas Business and Commerce Code 20.05 At the top right of page 13 he warns employers in the Texas not to violate the law:

www.twc.state.tx.us/news/efte/efte.pdf

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darceneaux50

35 months ago

I've gone through the same thing for 15 years. And the cycle will continue to go on for many more years until they change the laws on how long a record should be able to affect a person obtaining a descent livelihood. All this is, is another form of discrimination. This is supposed to be the land of the free, equal opportunity, and the land of second chance. But that is not seeming to be true. This country was built on corruption and crime! This country continues to yell we are built on value. Not true! This country only is only worried about value(money).

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brianbursch in Minneapolis, Minnesota

32 months ago

Dwi Misdemeanor and I can"t find a job, Society, interesting subject, most people in this country have committed crimes, they just haven't got caught yet. most people will not give anyone a chance, that's why most people go back to crime, just to survive.

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Brittany112103 in Humble, Texas

30 months ago

My sister got a felony over 12 years ago. She started as a receptionist for a company & worked her way up to be an accountant. For a long time she had to work for smaller crappier companies because they didn't do the background checks. Once her felony was over 10 years old she had no problems. Companies only go back 7-10 years in your background. When companies ask if she ever had a felony she says no. All the companies hire her and never see a thing. She told me that since it's been over 10 years that she can answer no now. I know that might sound odd but she gets every job she applies for with no problem. If my sister can be a felon & be an accountant for great companies it shows there's many options out there! Just work hard! Also, one time when applying for a job before her 10 year mark they found out she had a felony. She talked to the company & had no problem getting the job. There are options out there! Especially with a degree you have a better shot because they don't have traditional applications when applying for real career jobs. Plumbers normally have criminal backgrounds & have no problem working in that field. Start at the bottom and work your way up.

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toable in Claremont, California

27 months ago

Everyone here for most part seem like good and fair people. Some of us here were at one point very professional people's. Why don't we all list out our specialties and form a company which will benefit us. I would explain my situation, but it's none other than the fact that just like all of us here, we are not able to get a license(any)except driving, we are not able to get any decent job, or to hold a meaningful relationship ( all because of lack (money, job security).
I agree with everyone here as to their thoughts, but sitting and complaining is not helping, and we come below all other levels in the government's eyes to help.
So let's sketch what we are good at? or specialize in? IT,Hotel,Sales,accounting etc? email me directly or if someone else would like to carry the torch, please email me to let me know.......Thanks, wish everyone the best( i know it's a cliche but)

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toable in Claremont, California

27 months ago

leannhampton24 in Greenwood, Indiana said: i am a felon and did a petition u can go to http//www petition 2 congress.com 8526/ give a felon a job if u would like to take a look.

jsut signed it

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toable in Claremont, California

27 months ago

xfelons4jobs in Austin, Texas said: Hello I am Paul. I am a convicted Felon. I was convicted of felony forgery in 2002. Or as I call it a wake up call. I was 19 and had no dad or mom for the discipline I needed. Well the government did not care I was just acting out due to lack of love from a parental figure. They just cared if they could put me in jail for 2 stolen checks for 300 dollars. I know it was wrong. I even made emends with the person I stole from. Now it has been over 8 years since probation an no other charges. It only takes one time for me to straighten up. So I am glade it happen for the fact my life is better. In the sense that I do not get in any type of trouble anymore. But now 2 kids married and moved to a new city . And NO JOB-I can’t even get a job at IHOP. I went to college and have a great drive to learn new things. But who cares right. Employers don’t. I can’t get licensed for any trades in Texas like HVAC or electrical . So I Ask myself what now.
Give up-Keep hitting my head against the wall or ACT. This is wrong I am not a second class citizen. I am a American. I will start a organization for felons that have changed there lives and want better. If you would like to write me on comments or suggestion about this email me at felons4jobs@gmail.com .
We must stand together. We have rights to. Lets help each other. Bye

I am with you.... my email is toable11@gmail.com

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Sammy in Plano, Texas

19 months ago

This organization has a lot of good information for anyone that has a felony on their record. They have articles about jobs, companies that hire felons, housing and stuff like that. www.helpforfelons.org

Here is a list of companies that hire felons - www.helpforfelons.org/companies-that-hire-felons/

This is an article about low cost housing/apartments - www.helpforfelons.org/felon-friendly-apartments-housing/

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1madddasss2mackxxx in Mountain View, California

7 months ago

Well seeing that no matter what I do or how I still have been out of prison for 8 years & committed no more crimes and am trying to be a upright law abiding citizen.I might as well go ahead and let those phony employers know that one day down the road they could be on the other end of this make up some CRAPPY policy as you go.I may not EVER GET HIRED AGAIN & YOU KNOW WHAT SO BE IT!!!!!
THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT YOU IDIOTS IS FOR US CAN'T GIVE A FELON A BREAK PEOPLE TO CREATE OUR OWN JOBS AND MAYBE WE'LL BE YOUR BOSS AND THEN YOU'LL SEE HOW IT IS !!!!!
For real

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kennyperkinson in College Station, Texas

7 months ago

I pretended to be a dr. On the phone in 2003.I did 7 years probation and it was 13 years ago! I have a B.S. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE!! SOMEBODY GIVE ME A SHOT.

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1maddd2mackxxx in Miami, Florida

7 months ago

Everyone's situation is different no matter what your felony is , what state you live in and its laws pertaining to anyone that are seeking help.The employer that genuinely wants to help you or the ccompanies stupid policies.Or if an employer really doesn't like you and intentionally lie to you in your face about some nonexistent company policy.People have the potential to hire BUT IF YOU HAVE A FELONY ITS LIKE A EMPLOYER IS A SLOT MACHINE & YOU KEEP PUTTING MONEY IN IT HOPING TO HIT THE JACKPOT ,IN THESE SITUATIONS IT CAN A MEANINGLESS JOURNEY STRIFE WITH DISAPPOINTMENT JUST ONLY THING I KNOW TO DO IS KEEP TRYING.YEAH SOME TIMES YOU HAVE TO FALL BACK A SECOND FROM PUTTING IN ALL THOSE DAMN APPLICATIONS BUT JUST KEEP TRYING MAYBE YOUR ODDS OF STRIKING THE JACKPOT FOR A JOB ODDS ARE BETTER THAN HITTING THE LOTTERY OR SLOT MACHINE MACHINE,MAYBE. MAYBE NOT .WHO THE HECK KNOWS BUT ONLY GOD

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Alice Johnson in Georgia

6 months ago

I haven't found that there is any mercy or compassion in employers. They love you until they see the background report or hear from you that there is a less than clean background. No one wants to hear the story, how you've lived since then or that you have great references to show you will be a good employee. The felony is the most important thing to them. Even the smallest businesses now do checks. I even saw a job posting for picking up garbage & there was a background check policy.

The agencies that are supposed to help people with felonies get a job have no success stories that they can share. For the amount of money they make to help people, the results are terrible. It would be better to just give the people needing help the money so they can live off it.

There are several petitions online to protest this legal discrimination. Please go to Change.org or Moveon.org & sign them.

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1maddd2mackxxx

6 months ago

All of that is true .It seems to me that the people (employers) that judge other people fly just below the radar with their own dirt.
Some people just have DUMB LUCK

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Alice Johnson in Georgia

6 months ago

If people with a conviction on their background don't take action then they will never erase the label & will face rejection for jobs, housing & public opinion. If you can't vote due to a felony conviction then get everyone you know who can to start taking action. They need to make this legal discrimination stay in the public spotlight. There is a criminal justice reform movement but politicians are afraid to be active because they might look soft on crime. If everyone who is affected by this would have friends & family lobby for change, there would be millions of votes that could convince our elected officials that something can & should be done. Contact the news media, write letters to the newspaper. Find a reporter willing to meet with some of you & hear your stories. The public is tuned in after the Avery documentary so interest is there. We just have to channel it into positive action. Sign every petition online that you can find. Numbers make a difference.

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Diandra in San Antonio, Texas

3 months ago

This breaks my heart to read these comments. Pretty much everyone in my neighborhood growing up had felony charges and were not abel to get decent steady jobs. My mother even had a felony and was never able to get a job besides under the table where they treated the felony under the table workers like animals because they knew they had no choice if they were desperate for money. At 24 years old i had said my whole life school wasnt for me and i didnt need it. The recent news and reading this and pretty much all the awful things wrong with this country is the reason ive decided to get an education and pursue social work to help people adn let them know the system is broken, wrong and is designed to keep people down. I want to maek it better as much as i can. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP GUYS! Dont let this evil world crush your soul. I also just realized this post is years old :/ Im new to the internet

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Alice Johnson in Georgia

3 months ago

Diandra in San Antonio, Texas said: This breaks my heart to read these comments. Pretty much everyone in my neighborhood growing up had felony charges and were not abel to get decent steady jobs. My mother even had a felony and was never able to get a job besides under the table where they treated the felony under the table workers like animals because they knew they had no choice if they were desperate for money. At 24 years old i had said my whole life school wasnt for me and i didnt need it. The recent news and reading this and pretty much all the awful things wrong with this country is the reason ive decided to get an education and pursue social work to help people adn let them know the system is broken, wrong and is designed to keep people down. I want to maek it better as much as i can. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP GUYS! Dont let this evil world crush your soul. I also just realized this post is years old :/ Im new to the internet

I'm glad to see you are wanting to make a difference for people that really need an advocate. Until it hits close to you it's easy to think people with convictions are different from the rest of the world. But really, we all have struggles & some of them defeat us for a time.If you'd like to start making a difference then go to Change.org & Moveon.org & sign the petitions there that want to raise awareness & make changes for people with convictions. Also, write any elected officials you can to ask them to Ban the Bias as well as Ban the Box so that Fair Hiring can really get people hired. Write letters to your local papers & ask reporters to do stories on the need for change. With over 65 million people in the US having some sort of conviction on their record that is a huge part of the population that could be productive if employers would give them a chance.

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