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Old 12-13-2008, 03:59 PM
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I knew an ex-felon from the first unit I worked at up North. He started working for a backhoe contractor. He saved his pennies and now I hear he has his own backhoe business with 10 employees.
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I think that there are going to be a lot of people that will have their parole revoked because of employment. Especially with the economy the way it is and everyone losing their job. If people without tarnished records can't get a job I don't understand how TDC expects these parolees to be able to find a job. I think that the system is set up for them to fail! I think there should be some consideration for those parolees who attempt to find a job or who go to college in order to be a little more marketable. Seems like once you are in the system they like to try and keep you in it. Just my opinion.
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That is starting to change. Senator Whitmire has already been all over TDCJ and the Parole Board for paroles being returned for such petty crap. I think we are the begining of a new era. Hang on though, it is going to be a bumpy ride.
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I dont know what to think...I really hope that rehabilitation becomes the focus because the way I see things now I know it is really difficult for people to get back on their feet...I am in no way whining and am not afraid of saving pennies and working my butt off to get ahead or on my feet. I just feel like people should be given a fair shake and not expect handouts but maybe a little assistance to get to your knees....
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TXLAXDAD, I hope that things do change! I don't condone any actions that the inmates did to get them in the position they are all in, but I don't want to condemn them or life for their mistakes either. I think that if they are paroled that they should all be given a fair shake at trying to turn their life around. I hope Senator Whitmire does make some changes to TDCJ and the BPP. I have come to realized that anything involving TDCJ and the BPP; changes or otherwise it's going to be a LONG and BUMPY ride!

I agree with you Hangingmyhead, I don't think ex-convicts (or anyone else for that matter that are able bodied) deserve a handout. I am all for giving them the tools and a hand in order to get them on their feet again.
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And this is why I started this thread. As a CO, I do not need folks to come back. I have job security in all the new offenders arriving each day. My goal inside is to be a positive influence. My goal outside is to come up with solutions to these kind of problems. Change can happen. It starts with a spark. What we discuss is a spark. Keep fostering new ideas. Be vocal about them. But please be practical and think it through before you move forward. As more people post to this thread about places for an ex-felon to find employment the more chances we are giving them to succeed.
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I wonder if someone could start a company that could help felons get on their feet and have employment and this would not violate any type of parole issues????
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Intertech Flooring - 1106 Smith Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78721 (512) 385-4574
-- Intertech also has locations in San Antonio and Mission Texas
-- Intertech is a very good company with benefits, insurance, etc. work hours can be kind of sporadic
Groovy Lube - 3511 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 512-275-0535
Champion Windows - Industrial Drive, New Braunfels, TX 1320 Industrial St (830) 629-4000
-- Champion is headquartered out of Houston at 12427 Duncan Rd, Houston, TX (281) 440-7000 - 12427 Duncan Rd, Houston, TX
-- Champion does not offer employee benefits or insurance
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Will these companies also hire people with pending felony cases?
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I don't know if there are the same types of rescources in TX as there are here in AZ but... In AZ we have what is called the "Career OneStop". It is sort of a division of our Department of Economic Security - Unemployment Benefits Office and work very closely with them. They have job fairs, resume classes, ect, to help people augment their "marketability" and find work. One of the Employer Groups that they have is "Will Hire Ex-Convicts". Any employer that goes to the Career OneStop to help locate employees and puts themselves into this category MUST be willing to hire people who have been in prison. If it is found out that employers who have put themselves into this category are excluding people because of this are "kicked out" of the OneStop's database of employers that they will work with, and no longer receive any assistance from them.
Like I said at the begining of this I don't know if the TX DES has the same type of thing but maybe the Unemployment Office might have some resource like this. I thought maybe this might help
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Well I reside in Austin, TX and the city and county has both taken the "Have you ever been convicted," question off the applications. Now if you are applying for a job dealing with money, kids, ect. they will run a background. However, they have been hiring a lot of ex-cons. One problem they are having with them is that they are arriving late to work or not showing up at all.
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Here's what I've found in Austin:
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Titus Electric
City of Austin
Travis County
Iron Workers Local
Sheetmetal Workers Local
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Some useful info here:

http://www.hirenetwork.org/?q=home

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My bf got a job w/Thundercloud Subs right after he got out of prison last year. I know it's just a food service job, but hey, it's a start.

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Well I am becoming fully educated on finding work after TDJC.
I guess because my hubby has a job waiting on him at home I didnt realize how hard it would be for him to find work at the Halfway House with a crappy economy, no car and a felony on his record. It is a tough situation for these guys. I want to help change this somehow!

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You guys should check out the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

http://criminaljusticecoalition.org/


on the re-entry page there's a link to "Tools for Re-Entry"
it may help out a lot.

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I know all waste management services ( Garbage companys) always need help they start out $12.00 to 15.00 an hour and have very good benefits ! And your off most holidays unless you choice to work them for over time, I have a friend that works there over $ 35,000 a year great insurances 401k plan too, hope it helps
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My Mother-n-law found out that Tyson's chicken hires felons. there are a few chicken plants in North Centrel Texas, north of DFW.
And about the oil Rigs.. Yep they hire felons making GOOD money. My husbands family got a job on them. No experience needed and they work a few days on and a few days off.
could u give the info on these oil rigs i.e name, number, location ect. thankyou
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Wow ..yet another hopeful site....thanks everyone...this is my biggest worry that my son will never be able to recover from the 'felon' label in the job market...never be able to make a real living to support a family... thanks for more hope-if we could just get the laws changed that allowed x-cons to remove that felon label after they have paid in full their dept- would that be something... dee
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I found a useful site: http://www.hirenetwork.org/ . I just happened to come across it while looking for a job for my husband and its helped me so far. Hope it helps some of you!

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how did you obtain the offshore job???
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I found a list of 134 employers. Some are British, some are relevant only to certain areas, but most are nationwide employers. Unfortunately, I'm too new to the forum to post links. I'll send it to TXLAXDAD via message and hope that he'll post it for me.

Here are a few more I found during my search:

Amerisuites
Brake Check
Country Suites
Embassy Suites
Greyhound Bus Lines
Holiday Inn
Home Depot
Marriott Services
Kelly Moore Paint
LaQuinta Inn
Pep Boys
Ramada Inn
Red Roof Inn
Sheraton Hotel
United Parcel Service

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your welcome. I have become very fascinated with the "afterlife" if you will. I want to see those that really want to change succeed. I am not worried about never having enough "customers", but i would rather not have so many repeats. I have come across many men that, at least to me, have shown a genuine change in attitude. Some stop blaming everyone else, and actually begin to take ownership for their problems and the ones they create. Prison is not for rehabilitation, it is their punishment. Rehabilitation has to start within. Tdcj does provide some support programs, and many of you offer that support as well. If an offender is not willing to completely "buy-in" to it, it will never work. I would just like a list of resources that i can tell those that have shown they want to change.
im natasha26 and i have a boyfriend that is lock-up right now bradshaw state jail unit the tdcj part tho. Trying to get into one of the aa classes but they over crowed what do i do i want to help and i know he want make parole on july 25,2011 because he haven't even done the aa program yet. And he done put in 3 form they keep coming back tellin him to be patient's so can you give me a hand if you can call me at removed phone number per PTO policy -- please PM member. Thanks for understanding!

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Unfortunately most of those programs offered by TDCJ are booked solid, and the waiting list is LONG. Now with all the budget cuts it will make it even more difficult. I wish I could offer a solution. The problem is so much bigger than you or me.
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