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Do you think that employers should have to give preference to ex-convicts?

Flyingbug 2012/04/29 07:00:54
Yes, they should.
No, they shouldn't.
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The government wants to mandate that employers give preference to previously-incarcerated people. I think this should be left to the employers' decision.
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  • Patriot Unit 2012/04/29 18:10:08
    No, they shouldn't.
    Patriot Unit
    +6
    Nobody but Veterans should be given preferences in hiring. That includes people of color, ex-convicts, gays, or lesbians. Only your merits and work history should be considered on any job. The only exception should be if your a veteran as a reward for serving their country. but that should only be for government jobs. No private employer should be forced to hire anybody, they don't think is qualified, and would do the job they need done. But I also think that should be the same for government jobs. A veteran should not get the job based solely on them being a veteran. Their job merits should come first. If you have two who are just as qualified, and one is a vet, then they should get the job. but if the other is more qualified then they should get the job.

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  • sglmom 2012/05/01 08:53:20
    No, they shouldn't.
    sglmom
    NO ..
    Quite frankly ..
    the Preference should be for the Military transitioning out of the service ..
    (too many are not finding their jobs waiting when they return .. or their jobs long gone) ..
    US Citizens (law abiding) .. should also be hired too ..

    No preferences for ex-convicts.
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/04/30 04:08:57
    No, they shouldn't.
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    +1
    No, I agree they need jobs, but preference Hell No.
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/04/30 01:21:55
    No, they shouldn't.
    ☆ QueenAline
    +2
    Oh God...another entitlement?????
  • TuringsChild 2012/04/29 23:38:45
    Further explanation.
    TuringsChild
    +3
    Wait. You mean I have to rob a bank in order to get a JOB?!
    Gotta love govt bureaucrats! LMFAO!
  • All American 2012/04/29 23:32:09
    No, they shouldn't.
    All American
    +4
    They should have the freedom to choose.
  • Donna 2012/04/29 23:19:19
    No, they shouldn't.
    Donna
    +5
    They should be able to hire who they want. Right now 'preference' in the form of tax breaks is being given to veterans, ex cons, welfare people, & SSI collectors. The rest of us can wait in line.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/04/29 23:18:05
    No, they shouldn't.
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +4
    Smacks of affirmative action.
  • DJL 2012/04/29 22:39:16
    No, they shouldn't.
    DJL
    +5
    The gvernment shouldn't mandate who private companies hire at all.
  • ray 2012/04/29 20:52:38
    No, they shouldn't.
    ray
    +3
    The Administration is feathering its nest for after they get busted.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/04/29 20:50:23
    No, they shouldn't.
    Elaine Magliacane
    +5
    They should give preference to ex-military... ex-cons... NO WAY!
  • les_gvt 2012/04/29 18:17:35
    Yes, they should.
    les_gvt
    +1
    Haven forbid we have an unemployed Democrat voter- they may have to go on food stamps
  • Patriot Unit 2012/04/29 18:10:08
    No, they shouldn't.
    Patriot Unit
    +6
    Nobody but Veterans should be given preferences in hiring. That includes people of color, ex-convicts, gays, or lesbians. Only your merits and work history should be considered on any job. The only exception should be if your a veteran as a reward for serving their country. but that should only be for government jobs. No private employer should be forced to hire anybody, they don't think is qualified, and would do the job they need done. But I also think that should be the same for government jobs. A veteran should not get the job based solely on them being a veteran. Their job merits should come first. If you have two who are just as qualified, and one is a vet, then they should get the job. but if the other is more qualified then they should get the job.
  • Zuggi 2012/04/29 12:47:40
    No, they shouldn't.
    Zuggi
    You kind of lift off any evidence for your ludicrous claim.
  • tncdel 2012/04/29 12:44:29
    Further explanation.
    tncdel
    +1
    All things equal, an employer should be able to hire whoever is best-qualified. HOWEVER, if Obama or via another author of law creates a program that "entitles" hires and employers, an employer must realistically consider whether giving an ex-con a shot at a job over an equally or more qualified applicant is worth the "perks" [tax write-offs, etc.] he or she would get for going along with the government program.

    The same thing for hiring disabled people not fully capable or as capable as someone with no physical disabilities. In a sense, a man or woman who has paid back their "debt to society" and released back into society has a social "disability" that would otherwise serve to impede their smooth transition toward becoming productive members of society. Also, society has a vested interest in ensuring as well as it can that the ex-con isn't recidivistic.

    So in that sense it makes sense to recognize that the same reason why "affirmative action" was not such a bad idea back when we were, as a society, making the transition from segregated society to an integrated one, exists compelling society to try to rehabilitate former criminal offenders so they don't become current ones.
  • JanHopkins 2012/04/29 09:54:51
    Further explanation.
    JanHopkins
    +1
    I don't know if it's a state thing or a county thing, but in my neck of the woods the factories get a tax break or something for hiring ex-cons. When you give it some thought though you'll realize that so many people are arrested for such a wide variety of mox nix crimes it sort of makes sense not to keep leaning on these people forever. Yep. I work side by side with all kinds of criminals but I get along with them just fine.
  • mrdog 2012/04/29 09:33:27
    No, they shouldn't.
    mrdog
    +2
    Hired the best person for the duty at hand...bark
  • Bozette 2012/04/29 08:37:18
    Further explanation.
    Bozette
    Do you have a link to back this up? I have never heard of this, and find the claim highly suspect.
  • Flyingbug Bozette 2012/04/30 01:49:16
    Flyingbug
    +2
    Heard about this on the news, Bozette. I'm looking for a link.
  • Bozette Flyingbug 2012/04/30 01:58:40
    Bozette
    +1
    I'd really like to see one, I didn't find anything. I do know there are programs that allow tax breaks for people who hire ex-cons, but I seriously doubt that the government is mandating any preference be given to them.

    Btw, in the past, I have hired ex-cons (without getting any breaks) and the ones I hired were damn good workers.
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  • Flyingbug Bozette 2012/04/30 01:59:03
    Flyingbug
    +1
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
    "The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's decision will help balance the playing field for job applicants with a criminal history," NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement. "Our criminal justice system is deeply biased against people of color, and that disparity can carry over to the job search. These guidelines will discourage employers from discriminating against applicants who have paid their debt to society."
  • Bozette Flyingbug 2012/04/30 02:06:03
    Bozette
    +2
    There is a huge difference between not discriminating against and giving preference to ex-cons or anyone else.

    When it comes to ex-cons, that needs to be taken on a case by case basis depending upon the job and the crime that they were convicted of. Obviously, someone convicted of a sex offense should not be hired at a school for example, or someone convicted of theft to a job requiring they go into customer's houses...
  • Flyingbug Bozette 2012/07/09 21:34:07
    Flyingbug
    +1
    In CA, many of the state boards look at prior convictions when determining who gets state licenses.
  • Bozette Flyingbug 2012/07/10 09:28:49
    Bozette
    Again, that is something that needs to be done on a case by case basis depending upon the crime(s) the person was convicted of and what license they are applying for.
  • S. Gompers 2012/04/29 08:16:33
    No, they shouldn't.
    S. Gompers
    +2
    But the government will probably give tax breaks or something to comply, and then staying clean and educating yourself will no longer help people get a job.
  • DJPanicDC 2012/04/29 07:56:29
    No, they shouldn't.
    DJPanicDC
    +1
    We fought for ban the box in DC which says they have no right to ask about prior convictions
  • wwe.sodahead.com/RPG2011 2012/04/29 07:27:54
    Further explanation.
    wwe.sodahead.com/RPG2011
    +4
    Jobs should go to the person most qualified to fill the position.

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