I am 40+ and just completed my A.A. in Diversified Studies, and am continuing my studies at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. I am working on my Bachelor's (B.S. in Corrections with a minor in Sociology). I am a formerly incarcerated inmate of the ODOC and FBOP. I have been out of custody for over a decade.
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???