In 1986 Leon Pena was sentenced to 7 years in the Texas department of criminal justice for delivery of a controlled substance less 28 grams. It was his first offence; no priors. Since Leon Pena didn’t snitch, he was not offered probation. Leon has since been released some 27 years ago.IMO he's dead-on right - I can hardly think of a more counterproductive, crime generating policy than barring ex-felons from future employment, but hundreds of jobs are formally barred to felons in Texas, and many other employees discriminate against these workers of their own accord.
He has worked 70 hours and got paid for 40 hours, and he has been escorted out of job interviews by security officials. Even after he received an associate degree in Information Technology and passed his A certification and Network , Leon is still denied employment.
Crime is a problem across the country due to the growing numbers of felons who are released into society and are denied employment because of their criminal records. Most, if not all felons, are denied employment for the rest of their lives. Non–violent first time felons are also denied employment, and some of them have no choice but to become career criminals who commit violent crimes in order to provide for their families.
With no laws protecting this kind of discrimination in the work place, crimes committed by career criminals continue to rise. Tax payers are left to pay for crime by purchasing expensive alarm systems with security cameras. Tax payers also pay for crime when repeat offenders are caught and sent back to jail. “It sometimes cost the tax payer about $40 to $50 dollars a day to house a criminal,” explains Leon Pena of Security Camera Services.
Solutions: make a discrimination law to protect non-violent felons from discrimination in the work place. Give ex-felons 7 years of grace from the time a felony was committed. If an ex-felon does not commit another felony within those 7 years, seal their criminal record from the public.
A security camera company seems like an odd source for a proposal to expunge criminal records for nonviolent felons, but it sounds like Mr. Pena has firsthand experience in that matter. Bully for him for using his security company to promote policies that increase public safety instead of just profit from it. That's nice to see, don't you think?