All across the country in every state there are programs that are designed to help ex-offenders get there lives back on track. They call them re-entry programs and second chance programs but are they?
They are supposed to help yet ex-offenders are still being discriminated against.
We can't get jobs because of our convictions and we will always be considered second class citizens of the mistakes we made.
Employment services say that there are felon friendly employers who provide lists of companies and that wil hire ex-offenders and through my research I have not found an updated list to date..
Ex Files panalist Eric Mayo provides information needed to help ex-offenders with the tools needed to overcome the obsticles we face in his book http://www.jailtojob.com
and his blog http://howfelonscangetjobs.com
Re-Entry Programs are available and some are productive but the majority of themhave the same structured inviornment, One-Step Job Search , Resume Writting , Tips on how to dress and how to present yourself to an employer.
There has to be more that can be done to help the so-called unhelpable.
We can reduce the recidivism rate with an opportunity and we can have an opportunity with the knowledge that people are willing to give us a chance....
We need help and we need to be helped which means banning the box and removing the mindset that once a felon always a felon...
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