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Employment w/a Criminal Record Finding post-incarceration employment can be an almost monumental task. Find tips, job offers and stories from those of us that have experienced it first hand.

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Old 02-03-2021, 08:02 AM
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First time finding a job was tough for me after getting out.I was 23 years old,applied at certain places and no calls back.These were at tire and lube places.Was also a single mom raising a 6 soon to be 7 year old daughter at the time too.Mom saw I was struggling too and was helping me out at times.It was frustrating as well and mom was there comforting me.I about gave up and finally a light at the end of the tunnel.A neighbor two doors from us ran an auto salvage yard,mom talked to him.Knew he was a great guy helping ex criminals out wanting to clean up their life.Came down,said I was welcomed to work for him and saw potential in me reaching my goal.Could not turn it down.First job was a heavy equipment operator moving junked out vehicles around with a front end loader.Taught me very well and still good at it.Then he offered me to pay for my college education going to an automotive school,saw I loved working on cars.After a talk with my mom,went for it.Age 24,started fixing his repairable wrecks doing the mechanical repairs which I still do.I say he turned my life around,he is now retired and his 2 sons are just like him.They help out people like this and I now help out.I give them the advice on staying in the right direction after getting out.
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awesome!! Thanks for sharing and wow.......what a great guy to give you a shot to start. Good for you!
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Old 02-03-2021, 12:41 PM
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awesome!! Thanks for sharing and wow.......what a great guy to give you a shot to start. Good for you!
He is a great guy,still talk to him.Also knew I pay my bills including feeding and providing for my daughter.One was buying her clothes.Knew I was beginning of restarting my clean life after I got out
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Wish we could clone people like that. If more employers saw the good results they might be more willing to take a chance on someone who needs a 2nd chance.
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Since then I have never been arrested and kept my life in the right direction since he hired me in.Never had a word with a cop on a crime commited too.Most of the cops know I changed my life around and now honest to them.
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If you're in Michigan, they have a lot of reentry reform going on. I was on a webinar a while back sponsored by Safe & Just Michigan. https://www.safeandjustmi.org/
They are really a great group & pushing 2nd chances.
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