States must run background checks to avoid hiring felons

While the taxpayers would expect their state government to make sure they aren’t hiring convicted felons, this is not always the way it works.

In Kentucky and many other states, a job seeker applying for state government jobs can simply check “No” on the job application about past criminal records, and the State will take their word for it. The gubernatorial administration may screen applicants’ political contributions and voter registrations, but not criminal backgrounds.

While the state should not necessarily refuse to hire anybody who’s been convicted and served their time, there are some situations where a criminal background check is absolutely essential, such as jobs working with children, or money.

Surprisingly, some states including North Carolina do not require criminal background checks on school employees.

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13 Responses to “States must run background checks to avoid hiring felons”

  1. Navarro Robichaw 22/12/2006 at 4:56 pm

    this is an out rage,its decrimination people who made mastakes in their
    lives was told that if/and when they serve their time (they) (convics) (felons) paid their debt to society. but when release from prison their told they can not get a job for 7 years after their time is up. why send them home if theres nothing on the outside that can keep them from committing any more so-called crimes. this is crimes against humanity,seperation,and
    every STATE and every EMPLOYER should be brought up on charges of crimes against humanity. AND YOU WONDER WHY THE FIRST TIME OFFENDER REPEATS. AND WHY THE ROBBERY,AND MURDER RATE IS WHAT IT IS.

    AKA YOURS TRULY CONVICTED FELON-WHO’S ALSO CAN’T GET A JOB TILL 2014

    P.S. HOW AM I SOPPOSED TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY&PAY MY BILLS WITH NO JOB . CONVICTED FELONES WHO WAS CONVICTED OF DRUG CHARGES CAN’T EVEN RECIEVE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. WHO’S THE CRIMINALS.

  2. Administrator 31/12/2006 at 9:07 am

    Navarro,
    I agree it’s a real problem, particularly regarding drug related offenses. Indeed, lack of job opportunities for people with criminal records is a big factor in recivism. Many people who’ve been in trouble and served their time ought to get another chance. I also support restoration of civil rights to ex-convicts. I live one of the few states, Florida who does not automatically restore civil rights. A good friend of mine who was a NASA engineer is having a really hard time because of a felony conviction.

  3. Dear Administrator

    This is more than a problem, for i am a convicted felon also. i was offered a position at a company in North Carolina through Manpower. Manpower is a hiring agency.

    After being offered the job and accepting the position, i was told that i would need to go through the pre-employment screening. nothing was said about a criminal background check. they only asked for my addresses for the last seven years. i went and filled out all the necessasry paperwork and also took a drug test …

    Well, this morning i was called and told that they (Manpower) don’t hire felons and rescinded their job offer. needless to say i was not nor am i a happy camper.

    One of the main reasons i don’t go through hiring agencies is because of the discrimination that is consistent with hiring agencies. they all do this. they tell u that your background doesn’t matter, however, it does.

    Not only that, but i just read that unemployment is at a all time low!! okay, so why can’t i get a job. There is nothing out there for felons to prove to any prospective employer that i am not that same person. the employement agencies do discriminate against felons.

    i am in a dilemma because i have the knowledge, however, i am made to pay for my mistakes. i can only blame myself. so i decided to go back to school and get a degree. maybe this will give me a better chance.

  4. Administrator 14/03/2007 at 6:21 pm

    I know what you mean. A good friend of mine who’s also a convicted felon who just got off probation, is having the same problem. In fact, she’s having to move from Florida to Chicago because of this (long story). She has all kinds of great qualifications – a former NASA engineer, Master’s Degree in engineering and materials science from Rice Univ., Navy service, but she keeps getting the same line from prospective employers around Florida’s Space Coast. “We’d love to hire you but…”

    Fred

  5. Navarro Robichaw 25/05/2007 at 10:24 pm

    listen to this one,it’s time not only for the presidential race but also the mayor race. now,Bob brady who lost in the primary said:I will hire 1,000
    more POLICE OFFICERS. instead of GIVING JOBS TO EX-CONS to decrease the CRIME RATE,BUT HE RATHER WAGE WAR.

    Michaele NUT-TER Won the primary for the DEMOCRATS here’s what he
    said:I’am going to EnForCe a CURFEW ON ALL RESIDENTS,AND HIRE 500
    MORE POLICE OFFICERS TO STOP AND FRISK IF THATS NOT RACIAL,AND
    CRIMINAL PROFILING WHAT IS IT?

    Now neigther one of these Mayoral Canidates Talk about helping EX-CONS
    STAY AWAY FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVTY NOR CREATING VOCATIONNAL
    WORK OR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR US.

    P.S THE ONLY THING THEY WANT IS TO WAGE WAR ON OUR KIDS,
    BROTHER’S, UNCLES,MOTHER’S,SISTER’S,NIECES,AND NEPHEWS.
    NOT BETTER OUR COUNTRY.”THEY NEED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TOO HIRE
    MORE POLICE,ELECT MORE JUDGES,HIRE MORE DISTRCT ATTORNEY’S,
    AND LAWER’S SO WITH OUT CRIME IT WOUDN’T BE NONE OF THEM”

  6. I also agree with Mr. Navarro. I think that it is appalling how ‘ex offenders” are treated. It is not only a detrimental and counter production to firstly the individual but, secondly to society as a whole.
    These politicians and their supporters don’t think about the innocent children who are affected by the fact that family members who have “Paid their debt…” can’t provide for their families much left themsevles.
    I pray to Allah that he protect and make away for my bothers and sisters who sincerly want to bettter their condition. Ameen

    Please don’t forget that even in the struggle your sister still cares.
    and the money ain’t a thing.

  7. wow, I had no idea so many people have this problem as i do. Business for yourself is the best way. Cdl jobs, construction and marketing on commission but. i will tell you this is depressing as hell ?

  8. pierre watters 03/04/2010 at 12:02 pm

    i think that when people band together they can get things done. why not have a million felon march come down on D.C. this not giving people a chance who made a mistake B S has got to stop. we must start somewhere. how in the hell are we goimg to make it when we served time for crime and shit is still being held aginst us? the time is at hand to take a stand. send me your reply at pierrewatters@yahoo.com.

  9. pierre watters 03/04/2010 at 12:18 pm

    one more thing. in this contry it’s a war going on about who”s going to servive and who’s not. all the job’s are in china. where are the jobs even for people without felons? this contry better get it together real fast or we are going to be in a mess that we cant recover from.

  10. I am a fellon,I became a fleelon because my codefendents got me to drive for them while they broke into a house.I now have a nasty f3 burglary that follows me around. My whole life is in ruin I always had a good job I had perfect credit and I own a home not bad for a theif huh,well the problem for me is I did not burglrize shit. My codefendents got criminal trespassing.I have a little 5 yr old and I can’t get a job let alone food stamps to feed him.I lost every thing.I am about to give up I want to be with god now,I can’t go on ,I. Also have mental health issues the system put me in a program to get help but the doctors only care about the beer I used to drink and the pot I used to smoke and they don’t even help me .I. under stand what we have to put up with and then we get theese smart ass ppl who judge us but we must remember god loves us and he forgave us. Only god can judge us and theese ppl who think they know will get judged one day.

  11. Update — The State Of Florida.
    I have applied for more then over 100 jobs and have been frustrated because of my past history. Why on some applications they ask have you been convicted of a crime in the last 7 or 10 years and you say NO – then when the background check is done and finding that you have been truthful you are removed from consideration. My last conviction [Felony or otherwise] was in 1998 – 13yrs ago, and I am still being hampered by it. I was told by one company that no matter how long ago it was I couldn’t be consider. Then why have that question listed – It should have said “If you were convicted of any crime ever – don’t even bother going any further.” I have a good work history, good references – but because of my previous indiscretions – Oh Well….

  12. Another thought just occurred to me….The Governor of Florida was fined – how many millions for medicaid indiscretions. He can get elected Governor, but I can’t get a job…Double standard or what?

  13. This should be done a long time ago as hiring felons to serve for the government is like allowing them to do their deeds to the state or the country. Background check is very important hiring process in all sectors and should be done to all applicants. – https://www.identitypi.com

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