Do you think ex-offenders should still pay for their previously criminal convictions in future life?
In Australia, there is about 35% to 41% prisoners are imprisoned within two-years of being released. There were 30000 prisoners last year and 58% of them had served a former sentence in prison, according to ABC News. One of most significant reason for the social issue of recidivism is Unemployment, because ex-offenders are regarded as untrustworthy, less employable and productive by employer. They suffers Unfair Punishment because of criminal or prison records.
However, you can’t imagine how unfair punishment makes ex-offenders feel extremely difficult to fit back in a normal life!
Mr CG was discriminated by RailCorp in 2009 and didn’t get an offer although his criminal record didn’t connect to inherent requirements of the position Mr CG applied. Eventually, RailCorp refused commission’s recommendation to pay Mr CG $7500 in compensation for the discrimination.
Mr CG still didn’t get the position even he had previous 8-year working experience in RailCorp. Do you think other ex-offenders getting a job can be easier than Mr CG?
Do you think they should still pay for their previous criminal convictions after release? If No, should we stand up to support and help them?
-by Xinru Liu