The Bias That a Brackground Chech Creates Essay

735 WordsJan 28, 20123 Pages
Getting tough on crime is a popular sentiment, but what happens when criminals get out of jail? Many offenders have difficulty finding permanent, unsubsidized, well-paid employment after release because many employers refuse to hire individuals with criminal records. These circumstances seriously affect an ex-offender’s ability to reintegrate themselves into society and to provide a stable lifestyle for their families. Some people do not look at the big picture. Some 20% of convicted felons did not commit the crime they were accused of. It does not take precognitive planning to commit most felonies. In most cases a felony is committed as the result of carelessness or just plain drunken stupidity. Picture a young person driving down the highway, a beginner driver. They are not really paying attention to the road but they are trying to change the radio station. We will call this driver John. John crosses over the double yellow line and hits an oncoming car, killing a passenger in that car. John spends the next two months in the hospital and upon his release he finds out that he has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. He is sent to prison for a minimum of two years where he is raped and beaten because he is not a fighter and cannot defend himself against some of the other inmates. He did not get into his car that day planning on killing a person, there were no drugs or alcohol involved, but yet society still sees him as a criminal. John made a stupid mistake as many young people do. We have all made stupid mistakes. Not one of us is perfect. The judicial system in this country is set up so that people are punished for their crimes. Even though a person has completed their sentence and/or paid their fines, society actually thinks that they have the right to say that felons shouldn't be allowed to work in certain jobs. These people are saying

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