Amorette Allison wrote:
So, should they not be given a chance to reform? If all convicted felons are denied jobs, they end up homeless and that is hardly a solution. Or do you want him locked up forever? Our prisons are already over-stuffed in this country.
If he is not in a position where he is alone with small children, I see no problem. He is hardly going to assault a child from a cash register.
Please refer to the highlighted text above -- in bold, to understand that I disagree. Criminals are not as commonly found being homeless like most might think.
Studies have shown that the recidivism rate for criminals is highest for those who cannot adjust to life outside of the prison due to not being able to find adequate work, inability to find clean housing, or a myriad of other reasons -- some real, some not.
So, if they can't work, they will generally devolve back to their prior behavior's just to go back where they can survive without all the stress.
I personally find it disturbing that people do not understand that after a person has been convicted and served his/her time, they have a right to return to society without society attempting to try them again for a crime they have already paid their debt for.
Am I suggesting that you forgive and forget? No! That is not what I am suggesting at all.
That person -- according to the legal and penal system, has paid their debt for the crime they committed, but they will have to earn trust all over again. How can they do that if no one will allow them to do so?
Do not forget what they did, but do not treat them like they just did that crime.
Overcome your own phobia's,
Treat that person how society as a whole expects you to treat them.
and above all else,