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Organized by: scottie surrett

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The silent stigma: having been incarcerated. Statistically, one in every ten Americans personally know someone who is currently or has been incarcerated, perhaps even you or a family member. For those of you who know the stigma and the battles faced because of a loved ones incarceration, you understand it's far reaching effects, as the effects go beyond just he/she whom is or has been incarcerated. The struggles faced by the family; monetary, employment, childcare, ect., are continuing battles, as almost every prisoner will one day be released among society again and will begin searching for a place of employment. This is where the stigma comes into play, a silent prejudice that keeps an ex-felon from obtaining descent employment opportunities. I am speaking from personal experience, as well as voicing my own embarrassment, shame and struggles. I am not creating this page as a way to con or hustle anyone out of any financial gifts, rather to share the experiences and struggles I continue to face. I was incarcerated at the age of 21 and was released at the age of 34. I did not murder, rape or physically harm anyone in my crime. I was young and stupid, hanging out with the wrong influences and ended up being convicted of "Acting in concert to robbery with a dangerous weapon". Please note, I had no weapon and did not take anyone's property. I was convicted because I knew the crime was going to transpire. ( all public record) Upon release, I began a job search and was constantly told that the business or company could not hire me due to my Criminal background. I am educated and a very hard worker, yet I could not acquire employment. I sadly found myself doing exactly as most ex prisoners do, returning to a criminal lifestyle. A person faced with hopelessness by doors constantly being shut by stigmatic prejudices, often gives up hope for any real future. I do not usually ask for help, pride and embarrassment being the main factors, yet I am pleading my cause to anyone who can, will or know someone who can help me. I am a skilled carpenter, yet have no money to buy tools, a reliable vehicle or anything. I have four children who have grown up without me and who desperately need me to be able to finally step up and be the provider they deserve. I just need a chance, an honest opportunity. I have no problem showing where every dollar is spent and will happily provide the information to anyone who would like to inquire of such. This is not a con or hustle, I simply need a chance.


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