4 years ago1,000+ Views
I really, really, really hope there is more to the story.
I routinely get upset about the crap that goes on in prisons and jails in the US. That's a given. But this, this might upset me even more than that.
To make it short, a man was in a gang, did time for a felony, got out, improved his life, got a job at a car dealership, is doing really well! A paper wants to do a story on him about his successful turn around in life, he obliges. The story is published, and then he is let go from his job at the car dealership.
First off, let me note that he did tell the dealership about his felony charge when filling out forms after applying, though they did not ask him for very many details. The dealership came out and said that he didn't give the details he gave in the paper, so they were letting him go because of these details they hadn't known before, including violations of his parole.
And while I think they are somewhat reasonable for being worried about his parole violations, I also think that there should be a better understanding of the struggle that those who spent their lives as part of organized crime or in the system are going to go through when trying to get out of it.
Are they saying that a felon can't go through a process and become a 'clean' citizen again?! If they're not given a chance, of course they can't. And everyone messes up--it's pretty common for parole to be violated a few times before the person adjusts. How the hell are all the people who serve supposed to get a job ever after getting out of prison if they're not given a chance?
This is the kind of bull I can't deal with.
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@midtenheathen Me too. Man though...I just did a search about him and found out that the dealership offered him his job back the next day (after it blew up i assume) and they talked about honesty and second chances and all that....only for him to be picked up for violating his parole. Apparently, he didn't go STRAIGHT back to his halfway house after being fired....so he got arrested again for parole violation. It's real hard for the system to let people get back on track.
I don't know what questions were on the the paperwork but going by the applications I have filled out they may not have been very specific. Often, they quite simply ask, "Have you been convicted of a felony? If yes, explain." Which can be as brief as, "I did x and was convicted of x." Maybe you can go into more detail but if you give just what they ask for they should take ownership of why they didn't know. I know plenty of people who did dumb things in their younger years and have completely turned around. I hope it all works out for this guy and if the dealership was in the wrong they get their punishment.