In regard to a recent letter from Debra Servatius (Aug. 24), I wish to add some additional suggestions in regard to former inmates on parole.
I agree with Ms. Servatius’ suggestion to use current inmates for road work, etc., but there is a complete lack of consideration for paroled inmates when it comes to finding a job and a place to rent. They are treated as if they are still in prison and discriminated against for crimes committed in the past for which they have served prison time.
The stock answer in most instances is “we don’t hire felons or we don’t rent to felons.” Interview over.
I am personally acquainted with a young man who is on parole after serving 10 years in prison. He has experienced the above-mentioned replies from job interviewers or landlords.
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He has served his time and been released back in society but can’t find a job or a place to rent. He is an ex-felon and is deserving of better treatment after paying with 10 years of his life.
I wonder if these actions would not qualify for a discrimination lawsuit if filed.
Emmett Miller, Meridian