How we as an society treat ex-cons

It’s a terrible thing when people come back into society for a fresh start. Even more terrible when there is a stigma that is attached to them. Bruce Schneier points out how convicts that have served their time are allowed back into society, but they aren’t even allowed to own large dogs?
I find it ridiculous to treat those that have rehabilitated like this. If the crime was not terrible (ie. murder, rape, molestation, etc) then the felons have served out their sentences. Even if you watch Dog: Bounty Hunter, you can see that there are many people that have learned their lessons and struggled to pull themselves back out of that hellhole of a life.


Christian perspective:
They have sinned, but Jesus teaches us to forgive those that have sinned. Jesus forgave Judas Iscariot. Yet we as a society can’t forgive those that have learned a difficult lesson.
Capitalist perspective:
We spend billions in prisons and even more in rehabilitating prisoners. When they are released back into society to become better citizens than they were, shall we spend more money in stifling them so that they can repeat the cycle and cost the taxpayers more money?
They have served their time and punishment. Accept them back into the fold and forgive what they have done. Hope that they are better people, just as Dog has become. And quit making ridiculous rules about not owning large K-9s.
Via BruceSchneier

  • Lonnie C

    I am a convicted felon and did 5 years for a violent crime. The society doesn’t know how to give a person a second chance to try and make it better so in turn one may resort back to old habits to gain money or feel like they are doing productive for familys. So they need to know that we are human and we need help.

  • Lonnie C

    I am a convicted felon and did 5 years for a violent crime. The society doesn’t know how to give a person a second chance to try and make it better so in turn one may resort back to old habits to gain money or feel like they are doing productive for familys. So they need to know that we are human and we need help.

  • Roddrick B. Marshall

    I am a five time convicted felon with a full pardon(2003). I’ve been out eleven years and counting. I still get rejected from certain employers and other business avenues. I don’t stop trying because I’m on a mission from GOD so I can’t fail. Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick B. Marshall

    I am a five time convicted felon with a full pardon(2003). I’ve been out eleven years and counting. I still get rejected from certain employers and other business avenues. I don’t stop trying because I’m on a mission from GOD so I can’t fail. Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick B. Marshall

    I’m featured in Criminal Justice 7th edition/Joel Samaha(2005). Georgia Trend 40 under 40 Best and Brightest (Oct. 2005). Plus many other cover stories. I speak to our youth and ex-offenders to prevent crime. Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick B. Marshall

    I’m featured in Criminal Justice 7th edition/Joel Samaha(2005). Georgia Trend 40 under 40 Best and Brightest (Oct. 2005). Plus many other cover stories. I speak to our youth and ex-offenders to prevent crime. Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick B. Marshall

    My mailing address is P.O. Box 60622 Savannah, GA 31420. Re-entry is a life-long process so for the rest of my life I’ll serve as a prime example of a organized re-entry. I’ll assist others to get the same or better results. Encorage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick B. Marshall

    My mailing address is P.O. Box 60622 Savannah, GA 31420. Re-entry is a life-long process so for the rest of my life I’ll serve as a prime example of a organized re-entry. I’ll assist others to get the same or better results. Encorage peace and Spread love

  • jason

    I have 3 felonies, Perjury, theft by recievingX2 This all happend 10 years ago. I still have major problems getting an appartment, finding work. Voting or owning big dogs is not a problem because I am in oregon. My problem is all over the US small timers get shafted the same as a guy who raped 10000000 kids. I have a problem with this and if I can’t find work soon I will go back to crime.

  • jason

    I have 3 felonies, Perjury, theft by recievingX2 This all happend 10 years ago. I still have major problems getting an appartment, finding work. Voting or owning big dogs is not a problem because I am in oregon. My problem is all over the US small timers get shafted the same as a guy who raped 10000000 kids. I have a problem with this and if I can’t find work soon I will go back to crime.

  • kc

    I was convicted of a crime in 1993.. I do have a good job but does not pay all the bills, I also have a single family. I also got a job w/a car dealership lied on my application, worked their 4years and was a cashier and daily counted over at least $3000-20000 daily and placed in safe.. 4 years after being their a new management came in I told the truth on the application this time and was fired. when do we stop paying for a crime after so many years ago.. people do things everyday we just happen to get caught. and what is really sad.. eventually yes when an employer does give you a chance you tell the truth and if something comes up missing who is the first person they look at.

  • kc

    I was convicted of a crime in 1993.. I do have a good job but does not pay all the bills, I also have a single family. I also got a job w/a car dealership lied on my application, worked their 4years and was a cashier and daily counted over at least $3000-20000 daily and placed in safe.. 4 years after being their a new management came in I told the truth on the application this time and was fired. when do we stop paying for a crime after so many years ago.. people do things everyday we just happen to get caught. and what is really sad.. eventually yes when an employer does give you a chance you tell the truth and if something comes up missing who is the first person they look at.

  • Roddrick Marshall

    People simply don’t expect much of a convicted felon. Even one like myself with a very interesting story. I do so much for our community and other areas of business that majority of people don’t know of my criminal background until I mention it or a background chcek is done. Once others find out, theres a cold shoulder given to me. I’ve been out for nearly 11 yrs. and I have a full pardon (Dec. 2003) what else must be done to show that I’m a man with a troubled past and bright future. Feel free to contact me at P.O. Box 60622 Savannah GA 31420 Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick Marshall

    People simply don’t expect much of a convicted felon. Even one like myself with a very interesting story. I do so much for our community and other areas of business that majority of people don’t know of my criminal background until I mention it or a background chcek is done. Once others find out, theres a cold shoulder given to me. I’ve been out for nearly 11 yrs. and I have a full pardon (Dec. 2003) what else must be done to show that I’m a man with a troubled past and bright future. Feel free to contact me at P.O. Box 60622 Savannah GA 31420 Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick Marshall

    Well, once again I have to express my concerns about re-entry. First of all, there should be a National Re-entry Organization to document, record, and file this process that millions of our citizens’ face on a daily basis. I’m doing my part by maintaining a journal, audio, and video of my own re-entry process. People don’t see the seriousness of what I’m doing but one day they will clearly understand until then I have work to do. Feel free to contact me at P.O. Box 60622 Savannah, GA 31420 Encourage peace and Spread love

  • Roddrick Marshall

    Well, once again I have to express my concerns about re-entry. First of all, there should be a National Re-entry Organization to document, record, and file this process that millions of our citizens’ face on a daily basis. I’m doing my part by maintaining a journal, audio, and video of my own re-entry process. People don’t see the seriousness of what I’m doing but one day they will clearly understand until then I have work to do. Feel free to contact me at P.O. Box 60622 Savannah, GA 31420 Encourage peace and Spread love

  • audra newton

    I am a 34 yr old woman who used to abuse meth. I have been in prison twice. I have been sober now since 2000, and am persuing a degree. am to the point that I need to declare a major and still cannot find anyone to help me figure out were they will even hire me because of my past. any ideas? confused in oklahoma

  • audra newton

    I am a 34 yr old woman who used to abuse meth. I have been in prison twice. I have been sober now since 2000, and am persuing a degree. am to the point that I need to declare a major and still cannot find anyone to help me figure out were they will even hire me because of my past. any ideas? confused in oklahoma

  • JP

    I am an ex-felon of a violent crime. There is no going back to old habits for me. I had no old ‘bad’ habits. I didn’t do drugs. I never cheated on classes in college. I was an all around good guy. I’ve made one mistake; served 3 years for it in prison, and for the rest of my life I will serve out of prison.
    No apartment will take me.
    No job will hire me.
    No-one will trust me.
    Part of my sentence was served in a work release where I injured my shoulder. The state said that I was no longer DOC responsibility and would do nothing to help me with my injury. The company I was work released to said that I was a convict and by state law they are not responsible for my injury.
    I can’t get a labor job because of my shoulder and I can’t get a desk job because I simply won’t get hired.
    This is the fate of the ex-felon. Why bother with rehabilitation if no-one will accept it? The longer I am without a job the more and more commiting a crime to make ends-meat sounds appealling.

  • JP

    I am an ex-felon of a violent crime. There is no going back to old habits for me. I had no old ‘bad’ habits. I didn’t do drugs. I never cheated on classes in college. I was an all around good guy. I’ve made one mistake; served 3 years for it in prison, and for the rest of my life I will serve out of prison.
    No apartment will take me.
    No job will hire me.
    No-one will trust me.
    Part of my sentence was served in a work release where I injured my shoulder. The state said that I was no longer DOC responsibility and would do nothing to help me with my injury. The company I was work released to said that I was a convict and by state law they are not responsible for my injury.
    I can’t get a labor job because of my shoulder and I can’t get a desk job because I simply won’t get hired.
    This is the fate of the ex-felon. Why bother with rehabilitation if no-one will accept it? The longer I am without a job the more and more commiting a crime to make ends-meat sounds appealling.

  • hannah hutchinson

    I am a mother of 3 girls and was sentenced to prison on drug charges. When i went to prison i was pregnant and in order to get my kids back i have to maintain employment and housing for 6 months steady. I have 2 more months to find a job, if i can’t my parental rights will be terminated and i will never see my children again. NO employer wants to hire a felon.

  • hannah hutchinson

    I am a mother of 3 girls and was sentenced to prison on drug charges. When i went to prison i was pregnant and in order to get my kids back i have to maintain employment and housing for 6 months steady. I have 2 more months to find a job, if i can’t my parental rights will be terminated and i will never see my children again. NO employer wants to hire a felon.

  • britt kimmey

    Isn’t it sad that Congress considers passing a bill to forgive illegal immigrants for their behavior YET turn their backs on our own who need to be forgiven for THEIR past crimes?? Tell ya something??

  • britt kimmey

    Isn’t it sad that Congress considers passing a bill to forgive illegal immigrants for their behavior YET turn their backs on our own who need to be forgiven for THEIR past crimes?? Tell ya something??

  • mike

    The development of the internet and the availability of cheap background checks means that I, a convicted felon, am now serving life. I am outside the walls, but also outside of society.

  • mike

    The development of the internet and the availability of cheap background checks means that I, a convicted felon, am now serving life. I am outside the walls, but also outside of society.

  • Jake

    I am a convicted felon, have been since 2002. My crime was my senior prank (prop. dmg. 1st burg. 2nd) Which in my state carries a 12 strech however with this being my first offense and the judge showing leanacy I was given 5yrs S.I.S. probation. However in spring 04′ my probation was violated for a traffic offense at that point I had to return to court and was re-sentenced that fall to 5 yrs in the D.O.C. I was released after 5 months, Since I have been released my family has been through some hardships my Grandfather passed and the family farm where I lived and worked has been sold so as of this spring I’ve been out of work, and in turn they have violated my parole and another court apperance is scheduled this fall. Now my main point is my P.O. has been leaniant with me on several issues but after I told her I was going to have to move she filed the papper work to put me on intense supervison instead of my call in status. Now I am 22yr old who is enrolled in college, works for a paint company, and my comunity activtys include being a vol. firefighter and a scout leader for my cousin’s troop I barley have any spare time on my hands to do anything wrong and yet socity deems that because I made a mistake in my past I’m not even human in their eyes. I guess my point is that I have tried to better myself since I was released, but I live in a small comunity and people don’t seem to forget very easly. Do I belive that I have paid my debt to socity in a way yes, but on the other hand whenever I go to do anything latter in life that one mistake from my past is still going to be here. I have given up 4 years allready, I still owe another 4. I have paid back all damages, I have done my required community service and then some. Yet whenever I try to better myself I’m held back by the state. According to them I have to keep attending comunity college untill my parole is up, I’m not allowed to transfer to a state school next fall after I recive my asscoiates degree. Why is that I’d think that they want me to better myself and rehabilitate. Isn’t that the point behind the justice system to help cons enter back into socity with a better chance to improve their life?

  • Jake

    I am a convicted felon, have been since 2002. My crime was my senior prank (prop. dmg. 1st burg. 2nd) Which in my state carries a 12 strech however with this being my first offense and the judge showing leanacy I was given 5yrs S.I.S. probation. However in spring 04′ my probation was violated for a traffic offense at that point I had to return to court and was re-sentenced that fall to 5 yrs in the D.O.C. I was released after 5 months, Since I have been released my family has been through some hardships my Grandfather passed and the family farm where I lived and worked has been sold so as of this spring I’ve been out of work, and in turn they have violated my parole and another court apperance is scheduled this fall. Now my main point is my P.O. has been leaniant with me on several issues but after I told her I was going to have to move she filed the papper work to put me on intense supervison instead of my call in status. Now I am 22yr old who is enrolled in college, works for a paint company, and my comunity activtys include being a vol. firefighter and a scout leader for my cousin’s troop I barley have any spare time on my hands to do anything wrong and yet socity deems that because I made a mistake in my past I’m not even human in their eyes. I guess my point is that I have tried to better myself since I was released, but I live in a small comunity and people don’t seem to forget very easly. Do I belive that I have paid my debt to socity in a way yes, but on the other hand whenever I go to do anything latter in life that one mistake from my past is still going to be here. I have given up 4 years allready, I still owe another 4. I have paid back all damages, I have done my required community service and then some. Yet whenever I try to better myself I’m held back by the state. According to them I have to keep attending comunity college untill my parole is up, I’m not allowed to transfer to a state school next fall after I recive my asscoiates degree. Why is that I’d think that they want me to better myself and rehabilitate. Isn’t that the point behind the justice system to help cons enter back into socity with a better chance to improve their life?

  • Misty

    I was cinvicted of 2nd attempted murder, aggr assault, armed robbery w/ firearm and burglary w/ assault. THIS HAPPENDED when I was 20. I am now a 30 yr old single white female and I am jobless!!!! NO ONE WILL HIRE ME!!!!! Every place you go to now does a through background check … And even if I try to be upfront … Seriously do those charges sound “light”?

  • Misty

    I was cinvicted of 2nd attempted murder, aggr assault, armed robbery w/ firearm and burglary w/ assault. THIS HAPPENDED when I was 20. I am now a 30 yr old single white female and I am jobless!!!! NO ONE WILL HIRE ME!!!!! Every place you go to now does a through background check … And even if I try to be upfront … Seriously do those charges sound “light”?

  • cc

    Hello. I am in a similar situation as everyone who posted above, and I have a few links for them, and other convicted felons in the future, to check out, about help for us with employment and other resources offered that many don’t know about:
    http://www.felonresources.com/
    http://tinyurl.com/zta2o
    http://tinyurl.com/l389a
    http://tinyurl.com/kzxfu
    Also, audra if you see this and still have questions, contact me at [email protected]. Same for anyway, I will give any info I can. BTW, Roddrick what you are doing is great, it isnt easy for us out here, but it beats the cement cage, which is where the rich and powerful want us. Keep up the struggle. Stay free.

  • cc

    Hello. I am in a similar situation as everyone who posted above, and I have a few links for them, and other convicted felons in the future, to check out, about help for us with employment and other resources offered that many don’t know about:
    http://www.felonresources.com/
    http://tinyurl.com/zta2o
    http://tinyurl.com/l389a
    http://tinyurl.com/kzxfu
    Also, audra if you see this and still have questions, contact me at [email protected]. Same for anyway, I will give any info I can. BTW, Roddrick what you are doing is great, it isnt easy for us out here, but it beats the cement cage, which is where the rich and powerful want us. Keep up the struggle. Stay free.

  • kevin

    i am a 10 year naval veteran, who became a convicted felon 7 years ago. it is hard to do anything with a felony even if you did serve your country for 10 years. on http://www.knoxstudio.com were president bush makes a statment that, “america is the land of the second chance.” i sure would like someone to convince of this. i would like to start a national organization to fight the way they treat us (convicted felons). anyone interested please email me a [email protected] or myspace/blazekdb or myspace/baxterbuzzard

  • kevin

    i am a 10 year naval veteran, who became a convicted felon 7 years ago. it is hard to do anything with a felony even if you did serve your country for 10 years. on http://www.knoxstudio.com were president bush makes a statment that, “america is the land of the second chance.” i sure would like someone to convince of this. i would like to start a national organization to fight the way they treat us (convicted felons). anyone interested please email me a [email protected] or myspace/blazekdb or myspace/baxterbuzzard

  • kein

    i recently posted a comment about starting an organization to combat the way the government treats convicted felons. please contact me at:
    [email protected] or
    http://www.myspace.com/blazekdb1

  • kein

    i recently posted a comment about starting an organization to combat the way the government treats convicted felons. please contact me at:
    [email protected] or
    http://www.myspace.com/blazekdb1

  • Arne Mahlberg

    I have been an ex-convict since 1980. I did five years in a federal penitentiary for bank robbery. People in this society has been downing people like me for many years. Especially my own family. I have clean for 26 years now and raised my own children by myself and tought them to obey the law. But yet everytime I go to family reunions or go out to get a job I am always reminded of my past. I have been through over 100 jobs in the past few years because when they find out that I am a ex convict they ended up firing me or letting me go. I now live in hopes that one day society will change thier minds and see that some of us can be rehabilitated and we are human beings as they are. All I want is a job that I can stick with so I can finish up raising my family. Please quit downing ex convicts.
    Arne Mahlberg

  • Arne Mahlberg

    I have been an ex-convict since 1980. I did five years in a federal penitentiary for bank robbery. People in this society has been downing people like me for many years. Especially my own family. I have clean for 26 years now and raised my own children by myself and tought them to obey the law. But yet everytime I go to family reunions or go out to get a job I am always reminded of my past. I have been through over 100 jobs in the past few years because when they find out that I am a ex convict they ended up firing me or letting me go. I now live in hopes that one day society will change thier minds and see that some of us can be rehabilitated and we are human beings as they are. All I want is a job that I can stick with so I can finish up raising my family. Please quit downing ex convicts.
    Arne Mahlberg

  • T. B. Good

    At the age of 19, full of pot and beer, I commited a robbery. My first offence..that was 1976. I did 6 years and 8 months on a 10 year sentence in a State Prison.
    Today at age 50, after working with the same company for 27 years, my W2 said I made 50k for the 2007 year…not bad for an ex-con…Its a hard and loney road that I walk, but no one but me knows that I have to continue. No wife…no kids…just me and my past.
    Keep your head up…and don’t look back…and one day someone will say..”he had his faults, but he was a good person…”

  • T. B. Good

    At the age of 19, full of pot and beer, I commited a robbery. My first offence..that was 1976. I did 6 years and 8 months on a 10 year sentence in a State Prison.
    Today at age 50, after working with the same company for 27 years, my W2 said I made 50k for the 2007 year…not bad for an ex-con…Its a hard and loney road that I walk, but no one but me knows that I have to continue. No wife…no kids…just me and my past.
    Keep your head up…and don’t look back…and one day someone will say..”he had his faults, but he was a good person…”