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Jobs For People With Criminal Backgrounds

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To whom it may concern, my issue is that nobody wants to hire someone with a criminal background. I believe that is where all the unemployment is and where all the government assistance is going. I don't think it's fair that if someone makes a mistake in the past and works hard by going to school for training to redeem themselves, that they are still shunned out for the next ten yrs or even the rest of their lives from getting a job and starting over. I don't know how far back background checks go, but I think it's a little ridiculous not to hire someone who made a mistake in the past and is trying to do the right thing now. I would greatly appreciate if this position is looked at and supported because I'm a single mother who made a mistake in the past and I don't want to be on government assistance for the rest of my life when I have the potential to go out there and work just like anybody else to support myself and my children instead of letting the government take care of us.

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Dec 9th, 2014
Someone from Jonesboro, GA writes:
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I went to prison in 2000 and got off all my papers in 2002. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and not going after my Master's Degree. I have worked hard to put my past behind me but still I am unable to gain employment .There has to be a change in the law. Yes their are people who turn around and return back to prison but then you have others who truly learned from their past and trying to make a difference in their future but how can that happen if you continue to hold this over our head.
Dec 9th, 2014
Someone from Decatur, GA writes:
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I went to prison in 2000 and got off all my papers in 2002. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and not going after my Master's Degree. I have worked hard to put my past behind me but still I am unable to gain employment .There has to be a change in the law. Yes their are people who turn around and return back to prison but then you have others who truly learned from their past and trying to make a difference in their future but how can that happen if you continue to hold this over our head.
Dec 9th, 2014
Someone from Decatur, GA writes:
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I went to prison in 2000 and got off all my papers in 2002. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and not going after my Master's Degree. I have worked hard to put my past behind me but still I am unable to gain employment .There has to be a change in the law. Yes their are people who turn around and return back to prison but then you have others who truly learned from their past and trying to make a difference in their future but how can that happen if you continue to hold this over our head.
Dec 9th, 2014
Someone from Columbia, SC writes:
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I went to prison in 2000 and got off all my papers in 2002. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and not going after my Master's Degree. I have worked hard to put my past behind me but still I am unable to gain employment .There has to be a change in the law. Yes their are people who turn around and return back to prison but then you have others who truly learned from their past and trying to make a difference in their future but how can that happen if you continue to hold this over our head.
Feb 13th, 2014
Someone from Dumfries, VA signed.
Dec 6th, 2013
Someone from Waynesville, IL signed.
Nov 29th, 2013
Someone from Indian Head, MD writes:
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As a parent of an offspring who made mistakes in the past, please give him and others opportunities for employment /employment training to help support their families and themselves. It is a national disgrace when the rich breaks the law and is confined to "country club" like facilities and the poor and/or working class person is confined to a life of degradation, shame, unemployment and sometimes, death. Many of them give up and just take their lives because they feel less than a human being. What a travesty!! It is more than time for a change here in the USA for her native citizens. American citizens want to work and be productive, and giving them a second or another chance is imperative!! For those employers who profess to be Christians, that is what JESUS would do, give the "former law breaker" a second/another chance!!!!!. Many of you (employers) have made mistakes as well, but because of your connections, you were able to get out of your mess unnoticed; so please search your hearts, and keep it real by opening up the doors of opportunity for those who are repentant and in need of employment. STOP reading negative background information on the internet about a prospective employee, PRAY, talk to GOD, then call them in for an interview, talk with them AND listen to them with your heart before denying them employment. We want to stop recidivism, and what better way to do that than to hire those young people and middle aged American-born citizens who have paid their dues to society. So many of them have been out of work so long that liens and judgments have been place against them due to the inability to gain employment, make a living wage and pay their financial debts. So for CHRIST sake, help those who really want to work and help save and keep families together and people alive and working !!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 27th, 2013
Someone from Fort Worth, TX signed.
May 21st, 2013
Someone from Temecula, CA writes:
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I am being rejected from almost every job I apply for because of a recent misdemeanor DUI. I got my license back and did house arrest along with mandated DUI classes and have still been turned down by best buy, Wal-mart, sears, and a local warehouse. None of which I have to drive. This makes it merely impossible to get a job to support my family and contributes greatly to the unemployment rate. Something needs to be done about this to help our lower and middle class, as well as our economy.
May 9th, 2013
Someone from Effingham, KS signed.
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