Letter to the Editor
Ex-felons suffer from legal discrimination
by Danieal Kase - It was nice to see an article on how hard it is for ex-felons to get a good job (“Applying for a second chance,” Business, Dec. 23). I am an ex-felon and cannot find a real good job that pays. I have found that a lot of empolyers will not even give me a chance, even though I’m more qualified than any of the other people trying for the same positions.
During interviews I’ll explain that ex-felons are a tax benifit to the companies that will hire us, but it’s like they think that they don’t need to save money. I would think that in today’s economy saving money would be a good thing. But not if it would benefit an ex-felon. We just can’t have your kind in our line of business. Haven’t we heard that somewhere before?
Did you know that most companies that have janitors at night will not even let an ex-felon clean toilets? Or that 99 percent of the large trucking companies require drivers to have a hazardous materials endorsement on their licenses? Thanks to good ol’ Department of Homeland Security, ex-felons have been blackballed. What do they think I’m going to do with a load of dirt I just picked up from a construction site?
I know I screwed-up. I was an alcoholic for many years. I have been in and out of the county jail and Comcor many times. But it finaly took a prison term to wake me up and make me fly right. I have paid my debt to society, without any problems. I’m no longer on parole and yet I’m still sentenced to life at the bottom of the totem pole. I’ve lived a very clean and sober life for the past five years. I don’t even hang around the old crowd. I have above-average intellegence and two years of college. But none of that carries any weight.
I really wish The Gazette would have published that article in the news section instead of the Business section. Most of the people who read the Business section are employers who don’t care about us. In the news section, a larger group of people would have been able to see legalized discrimination at work.
Daniel S. Kase
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Sunday, January 06, 2008
Letter to the Editor