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Hiring convicted felons The Great Hall: Hiring convicted felons
By melissa on Tuesday, May 09, 2000 - 05:40 pm: Edit

Should convicted felons be barred from employment?

By Al Capone on Tuesday, May 09, 2000 - 10:18 pm: Edit

It really depends on the positions they are seeking and the nature of their crimes.

Sexual preditors should be bared from day care centers, but allowed to work for, say cespool cleaning companies.

If they are bared from all work they are compelled to a life of crime.

By Yankee on Saturday, May 20, 2000 - 02:24 am: Edit


How on earth would they support themselves?

We have a group out here called The Delancy Steet Foundation. They run a small restaurant and moving company, all staffed by ex-cons. It's a halfway point for most of these people who are looking to get their act together with some sort of job training.

I've had these guys move me twice now. They were a bit rough around the edges, but they worked their butts off and were very professional.

By Dpconsu (Dpconsu) on Saturday, May 20, 2000 - 08:25 am: Edit

Use comon sence, if the guy or girl was convicted of theft from a business, no you should not hire,
A child preditor should not be working with the public where he could be in contact with children but back of house would be OK, just pay attention!

I hired a woman directly out of prison in Alabama who had just served ten years for killing her husband with a knife,she had gone to a very basic cooking program while in jail and turned out to be one of my best prep cooks.She did something that the law didnt like, paid for it, and moved on, I was glad to have her.

On the other hand I have given junkies and drug dealers chances and they always seem to gravitate back to the dope. As do drunk drivers, I am more concerned about the boozers than the "hard felons"
for if an ex felon who has done hard time is actualy looking for a stable position, just maybe, if we give them the chance to work and proove themselves, they will do just that.

Remember, "There, but for the grace of God, go I"

Trust your gut, if they guy scares you or you feel really uneasy, voice your feelings to him and give him the chance to speak his piece and if he can convince you that his intentions are to be a regular guy, give him a break, but be sure to let him know that because of his background that you will be more attentive, I personally make sure that I do not pay anyone differently nor do I pass over anyone for promotions, grade all of your people according to how they have performed for you, not on the past lives that they have lived.

By CountryBaker on Saturday, May 20, 2000 - 12:53 pm: Edit


Very well spoken. You share my feelings. Everyone deserves a chance, but you have to use common sense.

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