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Letter: Ex-felons more than the totality of their past

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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 6:15 am

Life as an ex-felon is more difficult than most understand. There are very few places that will hire us or rent to us. We go from place to place paying application fees just to be turned down. Most employers will not hire ex-felons and the ones that say they do, I found that to be just a statement. I am no sex offender and have not committed a crime in six years, but everyone from Wal-Mart to McDonald’s refuses to hire me. Put yourself in our shoes? Yes, we have paid our debt to society, but society still holds it against us.

That’s why most reoffend. Not because they love prison, but because they are forced back into that lifestyle. Many just give up. So denying housing and jobs to ex-felons only costs taxpayers more money and brings up the possibly for ex-felons to re offend. Give us a second chance! Not all of us are evil. Some of us, like myself, hate prison and want to just take care of our families. It’s our God-given duty. Life for us is hopeless in a way. No one can see us for who we are wanting to be. They see us for our past.

Richard Roberts

Phoenix

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