Trump-backed prison reform bill sails through House

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    "The bill, which would provide training programs for prisoners with the goal of reducing recidivism rates, easily passed the House in a 360-59 vote."


    That's all fair and nice but it won't do any good since companies are all demanding FBI fingerprinting to get jobs these days. And therefore, it won't matter if prisoners obtain a PHD, they still won't get the job!


    One might wonder why so many are out of work these days given the fact everywhere one looks there are help wanted signs in the window or on billboard signs.

    Well, one of the biggest problems, is that nowadays just about everyone is demanding FBI fingerprinted back ground checks otherwise known as level 2. Many people are boxed in and unable to get a job due to this. Some with only one conviction in their past as far back as fifty years ago which is completely idiotic. How many in society has never committed some type of crime? Just because they weren't caught, doesn't mean they were innocent...it just means they were luckier than the guy handcuffed and dragged off to jail.

    And the real travesty is many had plea bargained and agreed to plea guilty in exchange for having their records sealed and expunged claiming they would never have to worry because it would never show up when filling out an application which may have been the case years ago but not today with level 2 FBI fingerprinting.

    So, either they should be allowed to have their records expunged from FBI records as well or they should at the very least be able to go before a judge to let him rule whether to destroy the record altogether.





    https://www.politico.com/story/2018...ison-reform-bill-backed-by-white-house-603333
     
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    Its a great bill...even dems are praising it....the nation has thousands of craftsmen and blue collar business owners that can buffer their retirement instructing in our state and federal prisons.....we need craftsmen and builders and plumbers and carpet layers...etc etc etc
     
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    My late wife was a clinical psychologist. Among her friends and colleagues was a fellow who worked for the New York City Department of Correction, then moved to the State system. I recall him telling her the majority of prison inmates have mental problems ranging from simple to severe, that typical prison confinement can only intensify their pathologies, and that releasing them into society represents a serious risk to the public. He said nothing short of intensive, long-term psychotherapy (many months) under optimal conditions can minimize that risk.

    I recall some of the participants in this forum mentioning they are former correction officers and some who are former prison inmates, so I think it would be interesting to hear from these individuals.
     
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    Yeah there is a movement called "ban the box" that has to do with getting rid of the question on applications that ask if a person is a convicted felon. Did you know however, in some states the state will pay part of a person's wage to a company if they hire a felon?
     
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    Lots of companies also require credit checks, and high credit scores for employment. This idiocy keeps lots of good people out of jobs. I have a relatively low credit score (600), despite having zero bad credit. I just don't have any (RECENT) good credit accounts.
     
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    Let's test it out on Hillary, Obama, Holder, Comey, Brennan, Rice, Clapper...
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    Good post and good point. Welcome
     
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    Laws need to be changed that anyone who is not a career criminal and hasn't been charged in 10 or more years, that file should get buried where the FBI can't even report it. It should only be kept for law enforcement to view in the case of new crimes committed. It shouldn't be left to the employer to make that decision. If they have a choice between someone who has a completely clean record and one that has a smudge, they will take the clean every time,

    All humans make mistakes ...most just don't get caught. At the very least everyone should get a second chance in a case where no violence was involved. My nephew made a mistake in his early twenties and he's now in his late thirties trying to raise a family and has his nose clean but has a very difficult time due to one thing on his record from sixteen years ago. He's a great guy, dad, and husband. Needs another chance and shouldn't be tagged "Felon" forever..
     

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