Finding work after prison is difficult, not impossible

  Resources for Finding Employment after Serving Time in Prison For some, finding employment after serving time is extremely challenging. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal laws don’t prohibit potential employers from asking about arrests and convictions. However, it's unlawful to use criminality as the primary reason not to hire you. Several state laws do limit or prohibit what prospective employers may ask, and in some states, there are protections on what an applicant is required to report. A criminal conviction sounds like a tough thing for job-seekers to overcome, but all is not lost. There are [...]

By |2015-10-26T15:54:10+00:00September 15th, 2015|Categories: Parole, Personal Musings|Tags: , |

Coping When a Loved One is Sentenced to Prison

  Grief When a Family Member is Incarcerated I just returned to my office after a difficult morning in court.  My client was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for a crime that I believe does not merit such a harsh penalty.  This is an aspect of my work that I dislike to say the least.  Of course, I replay all my defense strategies in my mind, making sure that I did not fail my client along the way.  I also try to comfort the family members in this time of grief. In all honesty, I cannot say that I know what [...]

Execution Of Death Row Inmate Stayed to Allow Time For Organ Donation

Death Row Inmates and Organ Donation   Elizabeth Bagert Carpenter, Attorney at Law    As many of you know, I am an advocate of organ donation due to the many health issues my mother suffered, i.e. liver and kidney failure.  Naturally, this story caught my eye and made me wonder why we do not routinely ask for permission to use the organs of executed inmates.  I believe that many would gladly donate their organs.  Such a donation could be a form of reconciliation to society or even a means of creating a sense of purpose for the atrocious, barbaric death [...]