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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Felon in Colorado needs a Job and Assistance

Felon in Colorado needs a Job and Assistance

 Felon in Colorado needs a Job and Assistance
Mr. Mayo,

In the last several months I have had the opportunity to become intimately aware of the financial, psychological and emotional distress, frustration, fear and decreased self esteem of someone who has re-entered regular population from incarceration and is incapable of finding employment that they can survive on because they have a felony. They may have terrific skill sets that are not being utilized in their communities but instead are relegated to flipping burgers or manual labor positions that they cannot sustain themselves or a family on .  I am heartbroken by the dilemma they find themselves wanting to make that change for the better but the whole system is still stacked against them. Some might say rightfully so since they committed a crime to begin with but should everyone be in jail the rest of their lives even after their actual sentence is complete with no ability to show that they have learned and want to become productive in society?
The particular person I came in contact with is homeless, living in his car that he is always on the verge of losing and unable to find a decent job or find a place to live. There are some  felon friendly apartments but they have a variety of felony types and this gentleman has a young daughter and does not want to have her staying with him in an environment that he is not sure would be safe for her.

It seems to me that the impetus to re- offend or possibly commit a different crime purely out of desperation or resorting to less than moral behavior to get what they great. The impetus to just give up on life is also great. How tragic!  I live in Denver Colorado. I was wondering if you knew of any staffing services, coaching services, etc that are available and focus in this area?   If you have been helping felons in your area for over 10 years can you tell me how you go about finding companies that are willing to give felons a second chance?  Are there any government incentives to businesses that are willing to help give these people a second chance at life?  I want to find out what already exists or maybe try to put some programs together but I don't want to re-invent the wheel and would love any input you could give me.
Are there any nationally recognized programs in this area?

Thank you for your time,


 Felon in Colorado needs a Job and Assistance


Hello Dana,

I'm sorry your friend is having so much trouble.  Unfortunately it is common for returning citizens (ex-offenders, felons,) to have difficulty putting the past behind them.  There are many hurdles to overcome.  Below are some resources in your area that your friend may find helpful.

Turnabout, Inc.

Turnabout, Inc. is a non-profit employment, career, and education services agency that provides access to a fully-stocked computer lab, daily job leads, transportation assistance, subsidized work skills training, and job search assistance to former offenders in the Metro Denver area.


Turnabout, Inc.
1630 East 14th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 813-0005

Web Site:

Mile High United Way 

The United Way supports many non-profit organizations.  The United Way may be able to put you in contact with organizations that aid ex-offenders and felons with various services


  • Phone: (303) 433-8383
  • Fax: (303) 455-6462
  • 711 Park Ave West
  • Denver, CO 80205
  • - See more at:

  • Phone: (303) 433-8383
  • Fax: (303) 455-6462
  • 711 Park Ave West
  • Denver, CO 80205
  • - See more at: High United Way
    711 Park Ave West
    Denver, CO 80205
    Phone: (303) 433-8383

    Web Site:  

    Colorado Workforce Center

    The Colorado Workforce Center consolidates components of Job Service and Employment and Training services in an attempt to maximize its ability to serve job seekers as well as employers. Centers are held accountable for performance outcomes based on the consumer’s feedback. There is an extensive web site devoted to workforce center information as well as employment services.


    Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
    Tower 11, Suite 400
    1515 Arapahoe Street
    Denver, CO 80202

    Web Site:

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    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Jobs for Ex-offenders: Lady Ex-offender Needs Job Search Help

     Jobs for Ex-offenders:  Lady Ex-offender Needs Job Search Help

    Hello. I was looking online and came across your page. I'm a black female age 34. Two years ago I was 8 months pregnant and the father of my child decided to beat me up right in his front doorway. To get away I broke the living room window right next to his doorway and got away as quick as I could. He called the police I assume because he knew if I beat him to it it would fall on him. I wasn't arrested but had to go back and fourth to court and the stress was causing issues with my pregnancy because I was due to have my daughter. My lawyer told me my options. He said if I wanted to get it over with I could plea guilty and just get a misdemeanor which wouldn't affect me going back to work.  Evidently it has because I'm emailing you. I'm getting turned down left and right because I have a misdemeanor in criminal mischief 4th degree. I have been working since I was 13 and not being able to find a job is taking a toll on me. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.



     Jobs for Ex-offenders:  Lady Ex-offender Needs Job Search Help

    Hello Roxie,

    Not to diminish how you feel, but there are ex-offenders and felons being hired everyday with far worse convictions than yours.  Your lack of success may be more attributed to your approach than your conviction.

    Many ex-offenders and felons do not get interviews because they make mistakes on applications.  Your first contact with an employer may be filling out an application.  Employers use applications to decide who to interview and who not to interview. 

    Ex-offenders and felons often have a dilemma. "Do I tell the truth and risk not getting an interview?" "Do I lie and hope that no one finds out?" I advise my students to always be honest.  If you are dishonest about having a criminal record, you risk having the truth exposed later.  You may get a job only to lose it after the

    employer finds out the truth through a background check or some other means.  You will be fired for being dishonest and falsifying your application not because you have a criminal record.

    To give yourself the best chance of getting an interview, you must understand how applications work.  Here are tips to completing an application that will get you an interview.

    Follow directions.  Always read the entire application before you begin.  If there is anything you do not understand, ask for an explanation.

    Be neat.  Print very clearly using blue or black ink only.  If you don't print well, ask if you may take the application home and bring it back.  Get someone who has neat handwriting to help you.  Always ask for an extra application just in case something goes wrong.  Never, never, never use white out on an application.  Using White out will nullify some applications.  To be on the safe side use an erasable pen.  Never crumple or fold the application.

    Answer all questions.  If there are questions that do not apply to you, use the notation “N/A” meaning “not applicable.”  This will let the employer know that you did not overlook the question.  It just did not apply to you.  Completeness counts.  If you have a resume, attach it to the application.  Do not attempt to use the resume in place of a completed application.

    Be honest.  Providing false information may be grounds for dismissal later.


    Use your legal name.  No nicknames or aliases. 

    Social Security Number

    If you don't know your social security number, or don’t have the physical card, go to your local Social Security Administration office.  It is listed in the blue pages of your local telephone directory.  You will definitely need this card when you get a job offer.


    Use your current address.  Some applications ask for a previous address.  If you do not have a permanent address, ask to use an address of a friend or relative.

    Telephone Number

    The employer must have a quick and easy way of getting in touch with you.  You must have a telephone number on the application.  If you do not have access to a telephone, I suggest you make arrangements with someone to take messages for you.  Some applications have a space for a message number.  If you find one that does not, simply place the letter “M” before the telephone number.  Ex. M (555) 555-5555.  This will make it clear that the number is for messages.  If you use a cell number, be sure to have a professional sounding message.

    How Did You Hear About Our Company?

    The employer may want to know how you found out about the company or the opening.  Typical responses are:

    Newspaper Ad

    Referred by someone (give the person’s name.)


    Position Applied For

    Be precise about the position you are applying for.  Have a particular job in mind when you apply.  If you are uncertain, contact the company to ask  exactly which positions are available.

    Date You Can Start

    Never answer “immediately” or “ASAP.”  If you are available today, use today’s date or a date that you will be available.

    Salary Desired

    I encourage my students to never list a dollar figure.  Never talk about pay or benefits until someone offers you a job.  You may use a figure that is too high and may not be considered because you are asking for more than the position pays.  You may use a figure that is too low and undervalue yourself.  To be safe, use the term “negotiable.”  This means that you will discuss salary when an offer is made.


    Starting with your most recent training, list any courses, workshops, seminars, or employment training.

    General Information/Special Skills

    List any special skills you have that will be of use to an employer. 

    Work History

    List your past jobs in order beginning with the most recent and work you way backward.  Use the month and year that the job began for you, and the month and year the job ended for you.  If you are unsure of employers and dates, you can contact your local Social Security Administration office.  If your past jobs were on the record, the Social Security Administration should have this information.  You will also need the former employer’s address, telephone number, and supervisor’s name.  Often the application will ask for the name of the position and your pay rate for each job. 

    The application will also ask for you to describe your duties, and reason for leaving.  Accepted reasons for leaving are:

    Left for better position




    Business closed

    Seasonal position

    Temporary position

    Never use the words “fired” or “terminated” if you left a job unfavorably.  “Released,” “involuntary separation,” or “contract ended,”  sound a whole lot better.


    Employment applications often will ask for references.  Check out this link to an article about References:

    Good References help Ex-offenders and Felons get Jobs

    Service Record

    If you have military experience, list the branch of service, date, and rank of discharge.

    Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Crime?

    This question is the worst part of any ex-offender’s job hunt.  I have spoken to people who have taken classes that have instructed them to use the response “Will discuss at interview.”  In my opinion, this is not a good thing to do.  The best advice I can give is BE HONEST!  Employers have a responsibility to know as much as possible about potential employees.

    Many applications have a Certification/Release Statement that the applicant must sign before the application is accepted.  You'll recognize it as a long paragraph in small print at the end of the application directly above the space for your signature. Read it carefully before you sign. This statement may also be called an Authorization.  The wording may vary but the employer is asking you to certify with your signature that all of the information you have given is correct.  The answer “Will discuss at interview,” does not answer the question.  Another part of this certification is a release that gives the employer access to information provided by past employers, law enforcement agencies, schools and other organizations that may have information about you.

    In reference to criminal records, it is necessary to list all relative information.  Include the name of the conviction, date, location, and the disposition (time served, fine and/or probation.) 


    Criminal Mischief 4th degree.    6/19/2011    Seattle, WA     Probation Served (6 mos.)

    You may have to practice to fit your response into the space given. 

    I hope information is helpful.  Best of luck! 

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    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    How can a felon get an expungement

    How can a Felon get an Expungement

    How can a Felon get an Expungement
    I have a friend who has two felonies on his record. Some kind of drug charge and gun violation. He was incarcerated from 1992-1997. He has worked at Mc Donalds, the cell phone companies MCI and Sprint since he got out of prison. He was laid off from MCI. It has been really hard for him to find a job. MCI was a good job for him. He moved up to supervisor. Is there anyway that he can have his record expunged? Been out of prison 15 years. Please help

    How can a Felon get an Expungement

    Expungement is legal process that allows a criminal record to be essentially hidden from public view.  The record does not disappear, it is just hidden.  It will always be visible to the court system, law enforcement and government agencies.  Many ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs have benefited by utilizing the expungement process.

    How can a Felon get an Expungement
    The statutes governing expungement varies from state to state and is not available in all states.  Your friend should seek legal counsel first to see if it a viable option for him and also to petition the court if it is an option.  Attorneys get mad at me sometimes because some of them make a lot of money with the expungement of criminal records.  I would find the nearest legal aid office for assistance.  You may qualify for low-cost or even free assistance with this process.

    I hope this helps.

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    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Ex offender seeks professional job

    Ex offender seeks professional job

    Ex offender seeks professional job

    Here's the situation (a mess in some ways...good in others);

    I'm 52 years old, white male, MBA in Finance and MIS, BS in Computer Science and Marketing...worked in Mortgages with Village Bank and Credit Card Decisioning, Billing, and Marketing Websites with The Miller Bank (Star Bank).Village Bank and The Miller Bank/Star Bank both went out of business due to the economy. I've been unemployed for a while, since March 2008...there have been a few jobs thrown in here and there since then but they didn't last (Funeral Sales and Sr. Manager with a consulting firm).

    The funeral sales position required me to be licensed in Life, Accident, and Sickness. I was completely honest during the interviews and application concerning past and a recent shoplifting arrest. I cleared the background check and was hired. I was denied a temporary license to sell insurance due to the shoplifting incident. The company fired me...yes, even though I passed their background check and the fact that they own the insurance company. Confusing, but true.

    I have 6 children and the financial pressures are mounting. I have the following on my background...
    • A DUI from 1989...I was slapped on the hand with an ARD sentence but the charge was not expunged.
    • In 1992/1993 My boss told me to take home the following...a water cooler, a fax machine, and a word processor because we were getting new equipment. I was arrested for "theft by taking" and "receiving stolen property"...both misdemeanors. I plead guilty because the company wasn't backing down. My ex-boss later married my ex-wife. Still, the charges are on my record.
    • Since I've been in Georgia in 1996...I married a widow and there have been domestic violence arrests but all "nolle prosse".
    • Also since 1996 in GA...In 2007 a shoplifting incident that was handled via a first time offender conviction..."nolle prosse", but not expunged.
    • And last year (2010) in Florida...another shoplifting incident that was handled via a guilty plea in absentia...adjudicated guilty. Since this was not "adjudicated withheld" I am not eligible to have this case expunged...ever. I have completed all probation and restitution requirements (fines and community service). can see when my background gets pulled there is a ton of things that show for me...all misdemeanors...all ugly.

    I'm always honest on my applications and in interviews. With the state of the economy it appears I'm too big a I know my age is a factor. So, I'm fighting a sketchy past and an age issue. I feel there is no hope.

    But, you mentioned The United Way in your blog. I am a true professional from head to toe. Look as polished as any attorney or CEO during interviews. I know I can be of value to a corporation in some capacity. Do you think The United Way is my best place to start to rebuild myself and get back to work?

    I hate to see convicted felons (aka sports stars like Michael Vick) return to society after having served their time and paid full restitution move back into society like nothing occurred. How does the little guy do that?

    I'd appreciate any all information you may have for me.

    Thank you!


    Ex offender seeks professional job

    Hello Steve,

    For most ex offenders and felons looking for jobs the United Way is a great place to start. The United Way supports a number of organizations that have contacts to open positions. Perhaps a more polished professional like yourself may be better served by contacting your local S.C.O.R.E (Service Corp of Retire Executives) office. As the name implies, there are retired executives who serve communities in many ways. Perhaps you may find valuable contacts that could help you locate your next opportunity.

    Another suggestion I often make ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs is to apply with cover letters and resumes. Often when applicants apply directly to employers this way, the question of a criminal record never comes up.  Take a look at the video below.  It outlines how ex-offenders and felons can use resumes sent with well written cover letters as a way to get interviews.  This will let prospective employers the opportunity to meet the person before meeting the criminal record.

    Jobs for Ex-offenders and Felons: Sending Resumes and Cover letters

    I hope this helps.

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