August 20, 2016 |
Maybe, in principle, employers might believe in giving someone fresh out of prison a second chance by offering that person a job. But . . . How do they figure out who is actually dangerous? How do they make sense of the tangled government document that is a criminal record? How do they thread through two competing legal risks: the risk of being sued if they don't properly consider ex-offenders, versus the risk of a suit for negligent hiring if a person out of prison causes a serious problem on the job?
August 10, 2016
ISSUE | EX-OFFENDERS Past is irrevelant As an ex-offender and chief executive officer of Gateway to Re-Entry, I am offended that a story about Felton Hayman's work as a developer included his being on parole for a criminal conviction ( "No-bid bargains," Sunday). Including Hayman's mistake, for which he has made amends, diminishes his character. It should not overshadow his business acumen or block him from engaging in real-estate development transactions. He is allowed to legally do business.
August 7, 2016
A registered sex offender from New York was arrested after driving from Syracuse to Camden County to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be undercover agents posing as the teen, prosecutors said Friday. Stephen Epolito, 37, engaged in online chats with the nonexistent girl and was arrested Thursday after arriving in Gloucester City to meet her, prosecutors said. Epolito was charged with attempting to lure a child by electronic means and was being held in the Camden County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
June 17, 2016 |
Sixty-six dogs were rescued earlier this year after being kept, scarred, and sometimes stacked in crates for several months as part of a multistate dogfighting ring. The six South Jersey residents charged this month with abusing the animals - Justin Love, Anthony "Monte" Gaines, Lydell Harris, Mario Atkinson, Frank Nichols, and Tiffany Burt - each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But new legislation could add another punishment to their dockets. The six could be among the first members of a potential public registry of animal abusers in the state.
May 13, 2016 |
I ALWAYS considered myself to be Trans Gender. No, it has nothing to do with bathrooms. My biological apparatus matches both my birth certificate and sense of reality. What I mean is that I've always looked at things from an essentially gender-neutral perspective. While I suppose there are some quirky differences between the ways men and women view the world, and while I admire the marketing savvy of the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," I never put much stock in the idea that our minds were fundamentally different.
April 19, 2016 |
Javier Galindo was 22 - "young, dumb," he said - when police in Cape May County stopped the minivan he was driving and found a gun inside in 2005. Galindo, a U.S. Army veteran, said he had bought the weapon legally in Texas and carried it out of habit, not knowing it was illegal in New Jersey. He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, served a few months behind bars, and tried to move on. But there was a problem. The conviction would remain on his record for 10 years - the length it generally takes in New Jersey to have a crime expunged - and would follow him every time he filled out a job application.
April 14, 2016 |
There is a job that Ronald Lewis, 37, would like, but, with his criminal record, as minor as it is, he is too scared to even apply. The job? Classroom Daddy on school trips. "You need a criminal background check," Lewis said. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of legislators in Harrisburg will introduce Senate and House bills that will make it easier for people such as Lewis with minor criminal records to get their records sealed. Dubbed the Clean Slate Act, the bill will require Pennsylvania's court system to automatically seal criminal records for people with minor records who stay clean.
December 17, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday signed off on an expansion of a Philadelphia law that outlines when employers can ask potential hires about their criminal backgrounds. He also strengthened the city's rules on hiring former offenders. Under the updated "ban-the-box" law, employers are not be permitted to complete a background check until they have made a conditional job offer, as opposed to after the first interview. The term comes from a box on application forms asking about a criminal record.
November 11, 2015 |
PARENTS AT THE private Springside Chestnut Hill Academy met yesterday amid concerns over a middle-school teacher who wore a noose costume to a Halloween parade. Parents held meetings yesterday - one in the morning and one in the evening at two churches - to discuss how to respond to the school administration. The meetings followed an initial meeting at the school last Friday. One parent said in a telephone interview that she was "absolutely" offended by the noose outfit worn Oct. 30. "It calls to mind issues of lynching and suicide," said the parent, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern that her child would be identified.
November 9, 2015 |
MAYOR-ELECT Jim Kenney said it's "ridiculous" that the city doesn't hire ex-offenders, and that's one thing he hopes to change. "I learned through our research on re-entry in the city . . . [that] the city doesn't hire ex-offenders, which, to me, seems ridiculous," Kenney said yesterday. "If we are asking the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to take a chance on someone, there's no reason why someone coming back to us [from prison] couldn't work in some capacity for the city, so that's number one. " Kenney's comment was made during a news conference yesterday in University City to introduce members of his transition committee, co-chaired by state Rep. Dwight Evans and former city human services commissioner Alba Martinez.