It is Prison Friday here at Scission. The thing with the American criminal injustice system is that it never, ever lets go. You get your ass busted, maybe the charges get dismissed. Maybe you are found innocent. Maybe you serve your time. The thing is, you ain't done yet. I am not just talking about parole here, although that would be enough to talk about. Even when all that is done, it ain't done. They ain't done with your ass yet. If you are not white, they really ain't done with you.
Those of us with criminal records know all about the box. What box, some of you ask? I'm talking about the little box whenever you apply for a job, or certain other things, that sits right next to the words, "Have you ever been convicted of.... (other times it just asks if you have ever been arrested, screw whether or not you were convicted). The box is sometimes followed by a space where you are given the "opportunity" to explain in further detail...as if your future not to be employer gives a flying hoot about your explanation. What they are curious about is what the hell kind of criminal are you anyway?
Again, though they ain't done, even the box itself isn't enough.
These days hardly anyone just relies of the box. After all if you have any sense you will not check it. Since if you do, you won't get hired. If you don't and they find out you lied, what are they going to do...well, they will fire you, but if you never got hired to begin with....you get the point. Anyway, back to the what comes beyond the box, today most people run a computer background check on you. It's easy and it's cheap and it's also often incorrect, and not in your favor.
They never let go.
It's why as nice an idea as the "ban the box" campaign is, it is not enough, not by far.
The following is from Prison Legal News.