Criminal record

02/06/2014 5:44 PM

02/06/2014 5:45 PM

Day after day, you report about crime and the criminals that the public instantly ostracize and push to the bottom of society.

Then you report about the prisons that house the trash of society and report how dangerous they are, causing the public to push them further into the depths of punishment.

Then you report on the ones that get out of prison and go back into crime, further turning the public against rehabilitation and vital programs that help.

Not once have I seen you report on those who committed crimes, served their sentences, paid their debt and come out ready to become trusted citizens by working three times harder than anyone else to prove that they can be trusted again.

Why do I point this out?

The company I was trying to get employed by decided to look at other candidates who were less qualified than I because of my criminal record. Fourteen years later, my past is still being held against me.

Just once, why not report about the struggle and the positive side of convicts who are trying? Who knows, you might give some of us a fighting chance to be members of society.

— Eric Henderson, Fort Worth

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