I think that jobs should Not be able to ask if you have a felony unless you are applying for a job that involves a child. My husband was convicted of Attempted Armed Robbery in 2001, served some time in prison and learned his lesson. Now 32 years old, getting a good job is impossible in Oklahoma. He has a job which pays minimum wage and is one of their star workers. Employment goes a long way toward motivating anyone, but especially people like him since he loves to work and finds it vastly fulfilling. In a way, the prison term he served was not his punishment; rather, a lifetime of discrimination is his punishment, and a very heavy burden.

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Glen Martin almost 3 years ago

Trust is established over time and by your reputation. The employer has a right to know what kind of reputation a new hire has in order to know how much trust if any to put in the new hire. I disagree with this idea!

Chad Smith, Mr. Criminal Justice almost 3 years ago

I disagree to a certain extent, but I agree with you on the issue. Most offenders re-offend within 3 years of their release from prison. Therefore, I think employers should be able to ask about "recent" felony convictions. Notice I said "recent" felony convictions. I know a lot of job applications ask if one has "ever been convicted". That is going too far and excludes too many good, qualified applicants. Here is where I agree with you. Offenders who remain out of prison beyond 3 years without getting into trouble are statistically, significantly less likely to re offend. So, you are right about limiting the use of "the felony conviction box" for old felonies. A good cut off limit for felony convictions on job applications is approximately 5 years. So, I think a better plan would be to "limit" the use of the felony conviction box to recent felony convictions only. A good example of a limited use of the felony conviction box would be as follows. "Have you been convicted of a felony in the last 5 years?".