7 year rule for ex-felon - Is this true?

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Latest post 05-27-2008 2:17 PM by OliviasMom. 3 replies.
  • 05-23-2008 5:04 PM

    Question [=?] 7 year rule for ex-felon - Is this true?

    My husband has been looking for work since 2004 with no luck. Since he is an ex-felon employers say, "Have to wait 7 years upon release before considering to hire." Apartment complex say, "10 years". He did 18 months for breaking and entering and burning a public building - but not considered an arson. He was release in 2004 and has not committed anymore crimes since then except speeding tickets.

    Is there a law that says a company must wait 7 years or apartment complex must wait 10 years before hiring or allowing someone a place to live? Is there anything he can do? If this is true no wonder ex-felons return to prison.
  • 05-23-2008 7:31 PM In reply to

    Feedback [*=*] re: 7 year rule for ex-felon - Is this true?

    “Is there a law that says a company must wait 7 years or apartment complex must wait 10 years before hiring or allowing someone a place to live? ”

    No. There may be a law or regulation specifying that a government employer cannot hire an ex-felon until some period of time has passed, but a private employer generally is not subject to any law like that and could hire an ex-felon the day he gets released from prison if it chose to do so. That said, of course many employers won’t hire someone who is just released, they will want to at least see some period of crime-free life before taking the risk of hiring an ex-con. It is up to the employer to decide what policy it will use in considering ex-cons for employment.

    Similarly, there may be restrictions for certain government housing, but in general a private landlord can lease to whomever it chooses. Again, it is basically up to the landlord to decide what policy to follow. There are problems for landlords who have tenants engaged in criminal activity, so they try to be careful to avoid leasing to someone who might use the apartment for criminal activity. If your husband had been convicted of a sex offense for which registration was required, that raises a whole new set of complex issues and would make it even harder to find a place to rent. Fortunately for him, he’s not in that situation.
  • 05-24-2008 10:18 PM In reply to

    re: 7 year rule for ex-felon - Is this true?

    No, no law. That doesn't mean there may not be policies of busineses to do that.
  • 05-27-2008 2:17 PM In reply to

    Feedback [*=*] re: 7 year rule for ex-felon - Is this true?

    He should be able to find work with employers that do not require a background check, or he can start his own business. He can also just be upfront about his crime and hope his employer makes an exception.
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