Ex-offender Unemployment caused by Unfair Punishment

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!


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The Case of Mr CG

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?

Video for  “Challenges Ex-Convicts Face When Looking for Work Pt”

-by Xinru Liu


8 thoughts on “Ex-offender Unemployment caused by Unfair Punishment

  1. I think this type of prejudice is unfair to people wanting to fit back into society! I was in Fiji once and learnt about their prison system and how it teaches and encourages work skills so when they are released they have work and are less likely to reoffend!

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    1. Hi Jackie, really thanks for your response!!! I really appreciate!! Yes, they’ve already paid for their criminal behaviors in the past, the key thing we should do now is not judgement but support them. I really hope employers could stand up to help them, maybe give them a chance to learn from training and decide whether hire them. I believe training is a really good way! Because I visited a restaurant during this year winter school in Singapore, the restaurant’s owner Benny was also an ex-offender but he was given a chance to learn cooking in a British cooking program, and later he went back Singapore and opened the restaurant, Eighteen Chefs. He hires ex-offenders and trains them to be a good chef. Eighteen Chefs is a really good example for other employers. It encourages me to do this campaign!

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  2. The story of Mr CG is so unfortunate and defeats the whole purpose of a prison system. One would have only have to watch the Shawshank Redemption to understand how difficult it could be for some prisoners to adapt to normal life, there needs to be greater post-sentence support from the government.

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    1. Really thanks for your comment! Yes, I totally agree with you! A better post-sentence support is emergency if government want thoroughly help ex-prisoners fit back into normal life! And also I think Mr CG’s case should be spread online especially some important news webs, not just few news webs and blogs reported it. I’m little surprised!


  3. It is a really tricky situation. On one hand, an employer might be cautious to hire an offender when they could give the position to someone who is not..on the other end of the spectrum how do offenders become rehabilitated? Should there be a sort of entry level working position they could complete like community based working etc as am means to ease back into the work force and real life. Capital punishment at its finest- it keeps punishing even after the have left the system.

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    1. Really thanks for your interaction!
      That’s right, it is a tricky issue! This issue need many different parties and governmental policy work together! It still needs a long time to do. I think government can find some small businesses and collaborate with those employers, not just community itself do that. Like government can give those employers recommendation letters and also some benefits if they would like hire ex-prisoners. Also like you said, entry level working position offered by employers is a good way, and training as well!

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  4. You would think after being in jail and basically serving his sentence for the crime hes done that the applying for a government job that they will see that hes an innocent man and not discriminate.
    In saying so there are those that feel disconnected with society because they can’t get a job so they deliberately offend again to go back to a place they feel comfortable in, which is jail
    Quite sad.

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