by steve 483 days ago · link
I have two friends (strike that - one) at church who are in a halfway house. It's a ridiculously difficult life. One is working tirelessly at an endless stream of temp/day labor jobs to try and pay the "rent" at the facility. His under educated, not well spoken, and has almost no real skills to speak of. Instead of providing a place where some one can be trained, educated, or counseled into re-entering society, it is a huge dormitory of bullies and "turn-a-blind-eye" drug abuse. He barely makes it, but he has a strong enough will to get done and get out. The other got bounced back to county last week - caught with some drugs. damn.
by d_e_solomon 483 days ago · link
If you're an employer, how do you employ a felon? On one hand, there is real risk to hiring someone with a criminal record on the other, there probably are quite a few people with lots of talent who just need a chance and a bit of structure. How do you catch people up who are lacking important core skills? What type of jobs could they be trained for?
This is a really important issue - particularly considering the statistics on the number of imprisoned people in the United States.