posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 07:16 AM
I mentioned in my OP that offenders deserve a second chance. However, there are scores of people getting laid off from city jobs across the nation,
and budgets are in turmoil. Most of the people have probably never committed any crime, and they are supposed suck it up as some hood gets their job
or a job over them? That is all I am saying.
I suppose a case by case hiring process should be taken into account when hiring past offenders. Still, this is a bold slap in the face to the people
who follow the rules by dotting their I's and crossing their T's. A felony is a felony, whether it a crime of convenience or necessity.
People are indeed hurt by the acts of these criminals in some way shape or form. This article is not talking about a handful of felons getting jobs in
a two year span, but over a hundred of city jobs. This is during a depression as well. The private sector can hire whomever they want, but the local,
state, and federal positions should be off limits or extensively difficult to attain for felons, because any urge to commit another crime can affect
swaths of people. It would be like giving a bank robber a key to the treasury. Some would say the bank robbers already have the key to the treasury,
and that discussion is for another time.
This topic is a slippery slope, and I know that. However, any position where someone is serving in a public capacity or is getting a taxpayer funded
paycheck ought to be squeaky clean. Hiring these people to public positions is an insult and a slap in the face to all those affected by these
predators, and contributes to the further deterioration of trust in government. Feel free to disagree, but I feel the standards ought to be
extensively high for felons seeking employment in government.
edit on 7-3-2011 by Jakes51 because: (no reason given)