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JEAN-GUY GOES IN FRONT OF THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BOARD FIGHTING FOR HIS EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS ON THRUSDAY APRIL 25TH... HE HAS BEEN REFUSED....
HE PAID INTO THESE BENEFITS BEFORE HE WENT TO JAIL FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT SO I NEED PEOPLE TO SIGN THIS NEW PETITION STATING THEY THINK HE SHOULD HAVE THEM SINCE HE HAS LOOKED FOR WORK 28+ PLACES SINCE HE WAS RELEASED& BECAUSE HE DID JAIL FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT AND IT IS CURRENTLY GOING TO BE APPEALED IN JUNE FROM WHAT THE APPEAL LAWYER IS SAYING.
ALSO HE HAS TRIED TO GO BACK TO HIS EMPLOYER BUT THEY ARE SAYING NO WORK BUT THEY ARE ALSO HIRING PEOPLE....
By the end of 2001, a record 6.6 million people were in the United States correctional system. One in every 32 adults was either in prison or on parole. Almost 4 million people were on probation at the end of 2001, up 2.8 percent over 2000. The prison population grew by 1.1 percent, the smallest annual increase in nearly three decades.
The increased number of prisoners has resulted in increased numbers of released prisoners seeking to reenter mainstream society. This is creating a major social and public policy problem in the United States. People enter prisons poorly equipped to be productive members of society and they typically leave prison in worse shape than they enter it. The problem of recidivism is partially due to this poor preparation for the world outside of prison. Ex-offenders cannot find or hold jobs and before long many renew a life of crime and are returned to jail.
Marc Mauer, assistant director of the Sentencing Project, a Washington think tank that follows criminal-justice issues, said the laws are taking jobs away from people who served time for their mistakes and have since put their lives back together.
"You have lots of felons who were convicted 20 years ago and who haven't been involved in a crime since," he said.
The vast majority of those in jail do not present a direct, violent threat to the average citizen. Many are drug addicts and dealers, and a large number are illegal aliens. Hardened, violent criminals are a minority of those incarcerated. Unfortunately, the conditions in prisons themselves and the stigma of having a criminal record often lead those incarcerated to increasing levels of anti-social behavior.
What happens to those of us that have complied with and have truely been rehabilatated? We deserve to work and take care of our families. After all, we paid our debt to society.
We, the concerned Eritreans who live in the United States of America are holding a rally against Christian persecution in Eritrea. Christian Eritreans are being harassed, persecuted and detained for the only reason of their belief in Jesus Christ.
We believe that freedom of religion is one of the basic rights of any human being. The Eritrean government is not only violating international human rights declaration that the country is party to but also the provisions of article 19 of its unimplemented Constitution.