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View current information regarding employment, housing, schooling, self-employment, federal and local programs, and many other areas of interest, for felons. Links are included, within the articles, so you can start utilizing these services immediately.

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Felon employment information and satistics In 2006, the number of felons in America soared up to 7.2 million, and the number hasn't changed too greatly since then.

Effects of Felons on Society

Considering the nature of their crimes, it's often very difficult for a convicted felon to get back into society, and it's even more difficult for them to find work, housing and support to help them readjust to life outside of prison. A tarnished record prevents employment since employers are usually unwilling to hire someone with a poor history, which leads to major consequences on society.

Financial Impact

Even when the economy is in fair shape, former felons still have difficulty trying to find work, facing a 75 percent unemployment rate the first year out of prison. Without a job, former offenders need to rely on the taxpayers and public assistance for help, especially since they still have fees to pay for being out on parole in most cases. Without a job, they cannot pay the fees, so taxpayers often continue to pay for unemployed offenders.

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Without an appropriate means of making money, ex-felons can fall into the trap of getting into further legal trouble. For instance, states with a welfare system often pay too little to live with, so felons have the tough decisions on what to do in order to pay their bills while remaining housed. By employing ex-felons, the crime rate can be reduced and can give them goals along with more self-esteem.

Medical Impact

Without jobs for felons, most are likely uninsured, and prisoners often have mental issues that require treatment to maintain. They will not receive the same treatment anymore once released from prison, and public programs in society often have long lines or limited treatment. This means felons suffering from mental illnesses can strike again without receiving the treatment they require, affecting society while sick or living off of the street.

Living on the Street

It's difficult enough for former felons to find housing due to their history as most landlords will perform background checks. Additionally, low-housing income is usually not an option either if an applicant has been convicted of a felony. When a former offender cannot find felon jobs, he affects society by being forced to live on the street and eat at soup kitchens. Nobody wants people to be homeless, but unemployed felons drive up these numbers.

Felon-Friendly States

Not all felons are forced to poverty. For example, Arizona is a felon-friendly state, and the state hires those with such blemishes on their record. Colorado is also friendly to felons, even permitting them to vote when on probation.

Felon Job & Employment Programs

It's difficult enough to get a job in such a bad economy, even without having a felony on one's criminal record. With the blemish, the odds of remaining unemployed are exponentially greater. In New York alone, the unemployment rate for convicted felons is about 60 percent. However, there are several programs that felons can apply for when they need work.
Xamire Felon Help Network We are a free service for users to add, and view jobs, and housing that accept felons, as well as view state and federal programs. There is a also a large community of members that help each other, and answer questions. New jobs, housing, and information are added daily.
America Works This is a personalized service that helps out workers who are hard to place, such as felons. America Works is available for former felons in Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York and California, placing them in entry-level positions like cashiers, security guards, customer service representatives, mail room clerks, word processors or warehouse workers. There are also opportunities for education, including GED courses, vocational training, college credits and even ESL training.
Salvation Army Prisoner Rehabilitation Program This program has ties with parole officers, prisons and probation officers throughout the country, offering services like employment opportunities in cooperation with such personnel, pre-release job training programs and material aid. Additionally, former prisoners may go to designated halfway houses and participate in programs for work.
Chrysalis Based in Los Angeles, Chrysais is a nonprofit organization that will directly hire ex-felons while also providing support and resources for those looking for former felon jobs. Some of its programs for employment include Chrysalis Recycling, Chrysalis Works, a professional cleaning and street maintenance service, as well as Chrysalis Staffing, an agency for staffing. Finally, it offers instruction and classes in skills like job retention, basic computer training, interview preparation, resume writing, job search strategy and anger management.
H.I.R.E. Network Available in all 50 states, the H.I.R.E. Network is a clearinghouse of programs designed to get felons back into the workforce. Its programs include local service providers and a means of providing information for employers looking to hire former felons.

Other Felon Jobs

As previously mentioned, felons have difficulty when it comes to finding work, being struck from consideration due to their history before an employer will even look at their qualifications. Additionally, felons are not eligible to obtain some licenses that some jobs require. While programs can benefit felons, it helps to know what kind of jobs are available in the first place.

Construction

Felons qualified to work in construction can usually find work in the industry. The government may offer fidelity bonds to a company so that they may hire felons without worry about losing money; the government will compensate them for the money loss if a felon misbehaves on the job. Felons experienced in the industry may not need to start at an entry-level position, either; even without experience, available positions can quickly result in promotions despite a criminal history. Above all, productivity and craftsmanship are appreciated. Though it can be difficult to work in construction or tedious mentally, it is often better pay than other jobs.

Trade

Plumbing, carpentry framing, electrical work or other trade work are also viable options. Without experience, felons may need to begin at the entry level, but it is similar to construction in that it is fairly easy to advance and gain fair pay. Depending on the state, some additional licenses may be required to advertise the service, even if a felon is only making a claim to a prospective employer, so it's important to check what the regulations are with a probation officer.

Self-Employment

If a job is out of the question, freelancing is one way to be one's own boss and never having to undergo any kind of background check. The industry value depends strictly on one's portfolio, so putting together an impressive website or book of results with some information about clients will be far more important than one's legal issues. Creative freelancing is often easier to take on when clients are large enough to offer budgets that are reasonable, which is usually in major metropolitan areas. At first, some people will ask a prospective hire to offer free samples. If the job has been advertised to be a job, this is unlawful and unethical, so feel free to say no and report the business to a labor department.
In a similar vein, anybody can start one's own business and be a boss. It can be difficult to deal with this as a felon because they must handle other issues like paying off debt, handling emotional problems or rebuilding relationships. Some felons may also work better with stable paychecks and a structured environment, but if one finds it is easier to deal without the judgement and social pressure, this is an excellent avenue to try. Read about starting your own business as a felon

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    A sweet greet from me, the writer from jasa seo.

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    It is just awesome

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    My husband was incarcerated now he's out of jail but now a convicted felon... is there a better site that I can show him as to the jobs he can now do being a convicted felon? If so would u mind giving me a few site references? ? Thank you.

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    This is natural that a lot of employees have some prejudice regarding giving job to convinced felons. However, I believe that people can change and moreover if one really wants to work he/ she will find a way. I do not have any felony and work as a freelance essay writer. There are numerous freelance positions and online businesses. In my understanding it can be a nice possibility but there is a question of education/ self-education left; and again education can be available for free on the Web.

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    To CandyCoated-
    As I empathize to your situation, I did not read anywhere in your post where you were sorry for what you did. If you want people to take you serious about finding a job, take responsibility for your past actions. Asking people to feel sorry for your current situation is not the answer. I work in a place where folks get a second chance every day. They have done some serious time. Jobs don't come easily to folks with out a criminal record either. Watch the movie "The pursuit of happiness". This is a great depiction of compassion and determination. I hope that you take my comment with good stride. I do what I do everyday from my heart. I love all people and try to choose my words carefully as not to offend anyone. I just know the reality of the system. There are 30 temp agencies in your area who are felon friendly. Help yourself to the library and look up Charlotte NC programs for felons. There are many things to look into. I truly hope things turn around for you and your children. God Bless.

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    I have a felony. I made one mistake and now I'm paying for it forever. To me I've paid my dues. Its been seven years since the event. I'm in need of felon friendly housing in oregon. I need a break in life.

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    I'm a 30 year old female with a pretty colorful history. Its ridiculous what ive gone thru trying to find work!! I live in Port Charlotte , Florida and getting a job at a restaurant is a dream for someone like me. As of right now I feel absolutely doomed , I want to go to school for cosmetology in January 2014 but finding federal help is not a option for me. Please if anybody could help me or put me on the right track that would be just a blessing. Any help or advice WANTED

  • I'm in such a dire need for a job nin p hila. I'm a very hard worker and need someone to give me a chance. I will put my heart into it and do every task that is asked of me.

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    yes,my name is JAMMAL DILLARD,very much still looking for work.However if any company in grandrapids,are is looking for a man as myself with multiples mix skills that will take the chance with an man .Juts becuase I have had a few felonys in the past does not classify me as cold hearted ,or simply a bad individual.What I has done was yes it wasnt correct yes correct also I have spent 17 years in prison .I went to prison when I just were turning from 16 years of age to 17 years of age.I have done the time that was granted and I done it as it should have been done .And I worked hard I mean so hard to excell to the beautiful individual I am today .I am proud of myself and now at 32 years of age I want to prove to the world everybody that gets looked up isnt always bad as people make it out to be .I love all of you !And thats how people should be and give us,I a chance.THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME!!!!!! MR.JAMMAL DILLARD grandrapids,mi

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    Hello,I have been looking for work I need help I stay in jenison,mi outside of grandrapids,mi and I am not going anywhere.Since I have been out of prison I have worked through this temp service called forge/Industrial,.I need some work bad I am a great worker as well its just the places they were sending me to was not working with felons.thank you for your time.

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    LOOKING FOR WORK IN CHARLOTTE N.C

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    I AM A CONVICTED FELON ;I SOLD DRUGS IN THE PAST ;AFTER I COULD NOT FIND A JOB,I STOLE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF CLOTHES FROM DEPARTMENT STORES TO PAY BILLS I HAVE NOT HAD A CHARGE IN 10 YEARS ;I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WONT GIVE ME A CHANCE .I LIVE IN A MOTEL WITH MY KIDS IN CHARLOTTE N.C .I CAN NOT FIND A JOB .I REFUSE TO GO BACK TO A LIFE OF CRIME .I AM ONLY ASKING FOR A CHANCE. WHEN AN HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH FOR ME AN MY KIDS TO SUFFER FOR MY PAST CRIMES I DONT UNDERSTAND

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    looking for work

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    <br /><br />If I were you or your daughter I would file an appeal if you still can to at least attempt to drop it down from a felony to a misdemeanor. In a lot of cases the dockets are so full they just rush the judicial process. Did this case stand trial before a jury or did she waive that right?[/quote]<br />She is going to have a hearing this week. I think with a jury. She has an attorney but I'm not sure what his plan is. I just don't think a good idea for her to plead guilty and want opinions on that.[/quote]<br /><br />While I hold deep empathy for those that made a mistake, paid the debt to society, and still seem to be judged daily for actions that are not repeated...I have little empathy for a custodial parent abusing a child with parental or grand-parental alienation. <br /><br />I hope your daughter is not found guilty of a felony because that would be bad for both society and your family, but I also hope that she loses custody of that child for attempting to alienate bio-family. <br /><br />PS. I don't care how bad and abusive the guy was to her and how the grandparents are pill heads and the grandpa is a lifelong alcoholic, blah blah blah. I have heard all of the ways bio-mothers and their families attempt to degrade, demean, demoralize, and alienate paternal family. It is disgusting and destroys the next generation. <br /><br />Your daughter will keep feeding The System in a few years because broken homes and bitter parental relationships is the most significant factor is future criminal behavior.

  • <br /><br />If I were you or your daughter I would file an appeal if you still can to at least attempt to drop it down from a felony to a misdemeanor. In a lot of cases the dockets are so full they just rush the judicial process. Did this case stand trial before a jury or did she waive that right?[/quote]<br />She is going to have a hearing this week. I think with a jury. She has an attorney but I'm not sure what his plan is. I just don't think a good idea for her to plead guilty and want opinions on that.

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    <br /><br />If I were you or your daughter I would file an appeal if you still can to at least attempt to drop it down from a felony to a misdemeanor. In a lot of cases the dockets are so full they just rush the judicial process. Did this case stand trial before a jury or did she waive that right?

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    Shylo<br />I am sorry you are going thru also. I really society and America had a heart like God because if they did everybody will be forgiven and it wouldn't be so hard for you guys... Unfortunately I have not found anything! But with God's faith!!! I know He will make a way! Keep faith Shylo.... You will make it! Don't give up! It's hope out there somewhere! I'm praying I can break the sex offender case for him because this was a mistake and a mishap in his younger years so then if its off of his background he will have just a little! A lot of people don't hire sex offenders because they are judging from his "criminal name" before he messed up this time he got the a job in the City of Houston with his sex offender background so there is hope out there! Good luck!! <br /><br /><br />So very true everyone makes mistakes, and the stigma that comes with being a felon is bad enough the s.o. stigma treats warm good hearted people like the plague. We are less likely than anyone, qualified or not, to get a good job if any. Did you find good help for your man? If you have any input it would greatly help both my wife and myself.[/quote]

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    I WISH THE WORLD WOULD REALIZE THIS AND STOP PERSECUTING THE UNDESERVING! I am so tired of how I am treated because I committed a sex offense in my days of poor decision making.

    Comment last edited on about 2 years ago by Xamire
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    <br /><br /><br />So very true everyone makes mistakes, and the stigma that comes with being a felon is bad enough the s.o. stigma treats warm good hearted people like the plague. We are less likely than anyone, qualified or not, to get a good job if any. Did you find good help for your man? If you have any input it would greatly help both my wife and myself.

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