Think Outside the Box


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Would you approve a background check for an applicant with a white collar felony conviction? A Minnesota bureaucrat did just that; allowing my wife to start working as a licensed professional counselor, contributing to society in a meaningful way, giving her a second chance. Now that’s thinking outside the box! What’s the back story? Patty decided to return to school, Liberty University, having been fired and while under a two year Federal investigation; that takes guts, debt and a resolute faith in her future. A good case could be made for Patty coloring way outside the lines for most in her predicament. What would you do? You’ve lost a $65,000/year job, there have been two search warrants executed on your house, several humbling discussions with your husband and the budget is wrecked; options? Bunker mentality and wait for the hammer to fall or prayerfully rebuild and soldier on; my wife chose the latter, it took courage.

Patty finished her second graduate degree; a Master’s in Professional Counseling with a 3.7 GPA, not bad considering she served 23 months Federal in the middle of it all. Her University chose to take her back upon release from prison, only after she signed a waiver; they didn’t think she’d get licensed either, they were wrong.

Patty’s Federal probation officer allowed her to fly to the State of Virginia for a critical four hour exam; she was a recently released felon on three years Federal Supervised Release. This was a brilliant call, way outside the box; he had faith in her, we are grateful.

So here’s the bottom line, sometimes good people make big mistakes, do you give them a second chance? Yes you say? Talks cheap, let’s take a look. Does your job application form have a box where you check yes or no if you have ever been convicted of a crime? Several states including Minnesota have a “ban the box” provision, allowing people who have served time to get a second chance, a least to get to the interview process.

The following is a link to nationwide stats for inmates re-entering society: http://csgjusticecenter.org/reentry/facts-trends/      I ’d say we have a situation. The financial and social impact is of such magnitude, it’s staggering, very sad. Change is needed, are you in?

Here’s a good quote: “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure” (Benjamin Disraeli). Those who thought outside the box and gave Patty a second chance, made strategic decisions, against prevailing sentiment; they were brave, and were proven right. Included are a State of Minnesota bureaucrat, a Federal probation officer, Patty’s personal references and her current employer. Patty is a long shot success, perseverance sustained by faith. Many inmates released will run the re-entry gauntlet set up to fail; their failure is our failure. The solution: more thinking outside the box.

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2 comments

  1. Fantastic article!!!
    What an amazing God we serve, who gives us lots of chances and restores what the locusts eat!!

  2. Thank you Ron! And thank you for being a conduit for so many in need of a second chance!

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