Finding a job after prison can be hard. The weight of a criminal record can make job hunters lack confidence and optimism. Employment is essential, though, to successfully integrating within society. Many times it is also a parole requirement. So how do you find a job when you have a record?
"It all came crashing down in 2011," Beth Gadjica begins in this week's Insider. "I got sentenced to two years in state jail for possession under one gram. I thought my life was over."
For many people who have spent time in prison, the most difficult barrier to overcome after release is the reentry into employment. In many instances, employers stop reading an application as soon as they see that someone has a criminal record.
"I was first introduced to the juvenile justice system when I was 14 years old," shares Sammy Perez in this week's Insider.
In an opinion piece for The Hill, Craig DeRoche, senior vice president of advocacy and public policy at Prison Fellowship®, stated three specific ways President Trump could succeed in his promises to not just remove threats to law and order but to also bring "healing and hope" to those Americans hurt by crime.
A single question on a job application can disrupt a returning citizen's future: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
"I'm Nick, and at one point in my life, I was committing armed robberies just to survive."
Today's #ThrowbackThursday post focuses on the biblical example of reentry ministry and biblical mentorship from Paul's epistle to Philemon. You can find the original post here.
The Book of Philemon is too often overlooked when reading through the New Testament. At a mere 25 verses long, the short letter by the Apostle Paul to a wealthy leader of the Church in Colossae is easy to flip past when searching for Hebrews, James, or Revelation.