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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 01:45 PM
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SF plan would offer tax break for hiring felons
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco businesses that hire people with felony convictions would get a tax break, under legislation expected to be introduced today.

"Ex-felons are among the most challenged populations in getting work," said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who is crafting the plan.

Persuading an employer to hire a convicted felon, particularly in this economy when the unemployment rate is hovering just under 10 percent, is difficult, especially when there's a wide pool of job applicants without felony records.

But offering businesses a monetary incentive may get them to consider hiring someone with a criminal past, said Mirkarimi, who chairs the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee and is a candidate for sheriff in the Nov. 8 election.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/1...



Hmm, well what about all the people with clean criminal records who can't find jobs? But then a horde of unemployed felons = a danger to the rest of us. And then felons who work could lessen the risk of crime but might slow down productivity.
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RandySF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 01:48 PM
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1. Good for bad, this will just piss people off.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 01:59 PM
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2. Why do you assume ex-felons would slow down productivity?
But by all means, let's keep these people frozen out of gainful employment and dependent on criminal networks only. That'll work.
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canuckledragger Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 01:59 PM
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3. possibly setting the groundwork
..for getting 'white-collar' criminals back to work methinks
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 02:46 PM
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4. The set of jobs that a felon can legally (or realistically) get is rather limited
A friend of mine works at a meat processing plant. He's one of just a few (out of about 50) employees who is NOT a convicted felon.

You find a lot of them driving taxis and tending bars, but few businesses would hire one for any position that involves handling large amounts of cash or valuables. A fast-food restaurant maybe, but certainly not a bank.

Most government contract work explicitly excludes having convicted felons as employees or subcontractors.

Any position that requires any kind of government security clearance is a no-go.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 02:56 PM
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5. This program will need some sharp oversight
Lest it becomes the new source of taxpayer-funded cheap, easily-exploitable labor...

And once superiors see someone as a tax break and not quite a person, a VERY abusive atmosphere can follow (i.e., those loving Christian families adopting 6-8 kids from Africa and making them live in a toolshed or something)

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