May 17, 2013

"The City of Philadelphia shut down a career fair for ex-offenders today..."

"... after an unexpected crowd of thousands showed up, résumés in hand."
There was no yelling, no shoving — just 3,000 people all trying to get into the job fair at once.

29 comments:

edutcher said...

I take the offense of which most were guilty was being unemployed and not being happy about it.

Damned Republicans.

Geoff Matthews said...

That's unfortunate. Couldn't they have taken the first 500 or so?

Mitchell the Bat said...

When you get three times the crowd you were expecting you want to hold off on the bench warrants.

cassandra lite said...

Any IRS midlevels?

AllenS said...

There was no yelling and no shoving, because nobody knew who was packing heat.

tmitsss said...

Soon we will all be convicts looking for a job.

tmitsss said...

I'm sorry I meant ex offenders

n.n said...

I though Philadelphia was a liberal enclave.

When demand exceeds supply, the prudent progressive would raise revenue. That is how reform is processed. They could at least hand out buckets of paint and brushes to "bring people together".

President-Mom-Jeans said...

With all these unemployed criminals, no wonder Obama got 105% of the vote.

Mitchell the Bat said...

Gillison says 25 employers were on hand for today’s event.

Mostly roofers and trash haulers, would be my guess.

bagoh20 said...

Their first mistake was looking for a career. Start with a job.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

Hope. Change.

AJ Lynch said...

I feel bad for them - at least they were trying to get a job.

And I also feel bad for the millions of Americans who have been unemployed or underemployed for the last 4-5 years.

We have become too passive- the pitchfork and torch brigades should have marched on the Beltway long ago. Maybe we should just start smacking the Beltway poobahs anytime they are seen in public.

lemondog said...

Sad times with so many people looking for work and government frustrating private sector growth with higher taxes and the costly Obaminationcare

Methadras said...

tmitsss said...

Soon we will all be convicts looking for a job.


We already are. As far as government is concerned we are simply unconvicted criminals.

Methadras said...

What's funny is that Philly is a highly leftist city and this is how it operates. They can't see the utter corruption and decay that their rancid ideology has brought on them.

Pastafarian said...

The bigger surprise to me: They had 25 employers at this fair.

I go looking for employees at job fairs -- at universities. I don't go to job fairs to find grunt labor. Why would you waste your HR person's day standing there in front of a card table accepting resumes, instead of just advertising in the paper? These aren't going to be critical, expensive employees. And this fair, by design, promised to showcase the dregs of society for these employers.

edutcher said...

Democrat, but not that Leftist.

Madison is a Leftist city.

Alex said...

Jobless men - keep moving along

Cedarford said...

Mitchell the Bat said...
Gillison says 25 employers were on hand for today’s event.

Mostly roofers and trash haulers, would be my guess.

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Perhaps true.
But if most ex-cons are considered permanently stigmatized and blackballed as such by all employers save for menial jobs that entail the hardest labor work in brutal conditions, with low pay, low skill, no chance of promotion sort?

Then we as a society have selected for forcing criminal recidivism.

It's really not in society's interest to brand each released convict as basically unemployable, and plant in their minds they can never aspire to a decent legit life.

DanTheMan said...

Forced by society? How, exactly? You mean like when the cons pointed guns at liquor store owners, or pried open windows to steal from the neighbors?
Look, these guys broke the law, so it's only fair they go to the back of the line and start over.
What's your alternative? Give them a 80K/year mid management job upon release?
Stop blaming the victim for the predator's bad behavior. Nobody forced them to commit crimes, and nobody's forcing them to repeat, either.

Edward Lunny said...

" just 3,000 people all trying to get into the job fair at once." Hah, who knew that there were that many unemployed democrats in Philly ?

David said...

Once again government rides to the rescue.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Gotta love the "it got on social media and snowballed" part. Seriously? Are the jobless all hovering over their Facebook and Twitter accounts?

David said...

"And this fair, by design, promised to showcase the dregs of society for these employers."

Your dregs are voters.

Convicted felons can vote in Pennsylvania, as soon as released, even if on probation or parole.

Cedarford said...

DanTheMan said...
Forced by society? How, exactly? You mean like when the cons pointed guns at liquor store owners, or pried open windows to steal from the neighbors?
Look, these guys broke the law, so it's only fair they go to the back of the line and start over.
What's your alternative? Give them a 80K/year mid management job upon release?
Stop blaming the victim for the predator's bad behavior. Nobody forced them to commit crimes, and nobody's forcing them to repeat, either.

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Your argument is that punishment should last forever and criminals should be unemployable in most fields and only in the most menial low pay jobs in areas where illegals are in short supply.

And blocked from creating a decent life through hard work - ex-cons will of course never contemplate getting things they are barred forever from getting through gainful employment through crime - because they might get caught and go back to the jail system they had more comforts and personal status in.

Too many documented stories of well-behaved people that learned a good job skill in jail, left fully committed to go straight and work hard - only to find they were unemployable or limited to the worst, lowest pay jobs with no future for advancement.
Prison systems training inmates at high expense in skills in a field that private and government employers bar them from landing a job in.
Women released from jail that soon tell people they can't land a job no matter how hard they seek out one, concluding their only options are crime or having babies and being a career welfare momma.

That is reality.
If you want to change that reality, ex-cons have to have options other than lifelong punishment upon release from jail if they go straight - or returning to a criminal life knowing the system better and hoping to do a better job of not getting caught or not landing a stiff sentence.

Bryan C said...

"Convicted felons can vote in Pennsylvania, as soon as released, even if on probation or parole."

I'd prefer to wait until after parole or probation, but we have far too many felonies to keep turning people into permanent sub-citizens.

jaed said...

It's worth remembering that a felony used to be defined as a crime that was eligible for a death sentence. It would be less senseless to hedge a released murderer around with these restrictions. Or even someone convicted of a short list of violent crimes - murder, rape, aggravated assault.

But it's very hard to argue that someone convicted of filling in a pond, or pot possession, or any of thousands of other felonies should be barred from honest work forevermore.

creeley23 said...

If you want to change that reality, ex-cons have to have options other than lifelong punishment upon release from jail if they go straight.

Cedarford: That's right. I'm not a person overflowing with compassion for ex-cons nor do I have any bright ideas on how to fix things, but society has to offer a better deal to those who have served their time than is currently on the menu.