I am 43 years old finishing my degree at OCCC and Graduate December 2019, and hoping to be admitted to Oklahoma State University for the Spring 2020 Semester. I have been incarcerated in the State and Federal system. Released in 2009 and I have not been back since. Subsequent to my conviction, I held jobs such as a Legal Assistant, General Manager, and Assistant General Manager. Views expressed are my own and do not represent any agencies I may be affiliated with now or in the past!
I want everyone to read this common sense legislation. While we have made some improvements, clean slate legislation would improve opportunity for offenders, and make the legal process much simpler.
While people think about the offender just getting released, people fail to think about the consequences of a criminal record down the road in regards to education, employment, housing, and opportunity overall.
Ex-offenders who can earn more money will pay more taxes, and be less likely to end up back in the Criminal Justice System. Education is another important factor in re-integration, why would we not want people to be more educated and increase their earning potential. I also believe some ex-offenders could be useful to the justice system as consultants to combat crime in different areas.
How can we say we want Criminal Justice Reform, however we want to question you about your crime the rest of your life? Everyone who has engaged in criminal conduct is not "Evil". We cannot walk in another persons shoes. However, forcing people to open wounds over and over again prevents a person from healing. When do these people truly get to rejoin society???