Former Convict Gets Job, Contributes To Society
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Recently we told you about a program where business owners could get a tax credit for hiring somebody who's been out of prison for less than a year.
Here's the story of a man who made some mistakes in his younger years, but has managed to get past that and become a responsible member of society again.
Evan Miller says when he was younger, he was a loner. He says he liked to drink, which he says got him into a lot of trouble.
Miller says, "Anything I did wrong always had alcohol involved. And it was usually hard alcohol, it wasn't beer, or anything like that."
Miller served two years in prison for stealing a car. Miller says after serving time, he managed to get a job, which wasn't easy to do with a felony on his criminal record. He says most companies can't hire you, even if your crime was five or 15 years ago. But he managed to turn things around.
Miller says, "I went to work for J.R. Simplot, and when they closed down, I went to college. I've got an Associate's degree in Science."
Three years ago, Miller got a job working for South Central Community Action Partnership. The Executive Director says they saw the felony on Miller's application, but could tell he was responsible, now that he had a family and needed a job.
Ken Robinette of Community Action says, "There are many times where folks that come out re-enter the same system. But those that have done their time, I think it's up to give them a chance to work back into society."
If you have a criminal record, the Department of Labor has a list of businesses who are willing to hire people who need a second chance. Some temporary employment agencies may also be willing to help you.
Oct. 19, 2012.