Three Myths About Ex-felons and Jobs: Busted

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Three Myths About Ex-felons and Jobs: Busted

Myth One: I’ll never find a job with a felony record.

A felony conviction makes you ineligible for some jobs. Fear not, however. Plenty of jobs and opportunities await if you do your research and start to plan for gainful employment while still inside. The U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, better known as BOP, delivers training in most facilities across the country.

Inmates who speak English as a Second Language (ESL) can receive classes to make it easier to write English, speak English and prepare for the resume and job interview. No high school degree? You’re living in a third-world country if you haven’t heard about the General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Get it now and be ready upon release.

Myth Two: High-quality employers won’t hire me with a felony record; I might as well wash cars

All employers, and that includes high-quality employers that pay fair wages, seek a profit. March into the interview equipped with information about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), because you’re in a targeted group now. Employers receive valuable tax credits when they hire ex-felons and qualified veterans. The tax credit ranges from $2,400 to $9,600 per employee. The program, now extended through 2019, saved U.S. companies over $1 billion since its start in 1996.

Myth Three: Face it, I stole money. Nobody’s going to hire me now.

You can offer the employer a bond free of cost to you. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) manages the Federal Bonding Program (FBP) and provides it free of cost to ex-felons. The bonds carry a $5,000 limit and employers face no deductibles.

Look, you’ve done your time and now you’re ready to re-enter society and become part of the American Dream. You’ve got options. You just have to do the research, plan and be ready to hit the ground running upon release.

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I had no idea about voting. Color me ignorant. I was always under the impression that you lost that privilege. But, it makes perfect sense to me. Once you pay your debt to society, shouldn't you have forgiveness in other areas of your life?

Thank you for educating people on these myths.

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There are so many misconceptions about people who have felony convictions. It's important to combat them with knowledge, so I'm happy to share! :-)

If you are interested, we are on some of the more traditional social media channels as well. Follow us there too for more myth-busting.

Thank you and yes!! That is quite interesting!


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Awww shucks, thanks!

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Everyone does deserve a second chance, especially after they have served their punishment. Is it true that felons can't vote though? That seems strange to me....

While the laws vary somewhat from state to state regarding removal and restoration of voting rights, once a person has served their time AND is no longer under court supervision, they are legally eligible to vote in all the states. Many people don't know this though, so continue to believe they cannot vote ever again.

Some states restore the right to vote as soon as a person is released from incarceration, some restore them once court supervision is completed, and some require that individuals petition the court to have their rights restored (we're looking at YOU Iowa and Kentucky!).

Thanks for asking. I love questions that make me do research to find the answer. You can check here for more information regarding voting as an ex-offender.

Great information to get out there! I didn't realize the second and third existed, so I learned something new today!

Awesome! Glad I played some part in that. :-)

Great post. A lot of people can use this information.

I concur! There are so many people with felony convictions, and only a handful of states protect their right to privacy over the right of the employer.

This is excellent information, thank you for sharing it @mattifer. I believe in second chances for ex-felons!

Thank you for your support!

By the way, if you are on any of the traditional social media channels, look for us there too. :-)

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@mattifer it's so great that you're publishing these mythBUSTERs to spread awareness!!

I work closely with a few ex-convicts who are now preachers ((':

Transformation IS possible!

Excellent! It's always amazing to watch people turn their lives around. Do you have a website or any other social media feeds I can connect with?

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