I've known more criminals than most. Very, very few committed crimes out of necessity. Most chose to commit crimes. In thirty years I met less than a dozen people who were, in my opinion, evil. Most were dumb as a turnip. Many couldn't read. Many, perhaps most, had dropped out of school. They had zero job experience. Many had serious problems with substance abuse, anger, and impulse control. In short, they had a lot of reasons for not getting hired but I have no doubt the one they talked about was that they were an ex-con. It's so much easier than saying, "I didn't get hired because I couldn't fill out the application."
I helped a lot of ex-cons get jobs. I was very selective because businesses were trusting me to use some judgement. Most of the time it worked out. But, occasionally, people I was willing to help didn't want the kind of jobs you can get when you drop out of school and go to prison. Starting out as bank president is pretty much out of the question.
1. Crimes of Moral Terpitude.
2. Any Felony
3. Any individuals charged with crimes against kids or the elderly but not yet found to be Not Guilty.
In fact, as an employer, I even get away with running them through BCI and opening up sealed records and denying employment based upon what is in those records. Juvenile convictions are even open for review.
It's simple. I own a small software company whose primary purpose is the development of software for schools that contains high security items within it. If you have been convicted of a crime against kids, charged but not yet found Not Guilty, a crime of moral terpitude or any felony then my company will show you the door. It's simple, what we do works with kids, our job is to actually help protect the schools, if we have ex-cons working for us then how can we ensure we havethe best people for the job who have the best interests of the kids at heart. Now granted, we don't get many applicants with criminal records and while some will argue that looking at juvenile convictions or those that have been sealed/expunged is illegal, it's not.
Look at the law in regards to sealed/expunged records. They can be opened up basically either of 2 ways:
By a signed order of the court that sealed it or if the applicant is subject to a background check for a position that will have them working directly or indirectly with children and/or elderly as their primary position. Because my company works directly for schools that means that all my employees work directly or indirectly with children and thus we hire noone with basically more than a minor traffic ticket. Yes, a DUI or DUS ticket will cause use to deny you employment.
As far as the 65 million who are ex-cons looking for jobs, go rent a u-haul and move to where they don't care if your a criminal. People have the legal right to decide who is and is not allowed in their home, companies are privately owned and we as owners have the right to decide who is and is not allowed inside of our business. I promise you, the first time someone tries to force me to hire a criminal I will shut my doors and move the company to a location so far away that convict will never consider applying.
Last edited by Henrin; 04-29-11 at 01:18 PM.