Dating an exconvict
Yet for a while after her time spent in multiple prisons, she struggled to find her way in society.
“I made poor choices,” Irwin said at the National Press Club.
So I think that's a barrier for everybody,” Irwin told CNA of her efforts to find a job that would pay well and offer her career advancement opportunities.
She still faces “many barriers” including in housing and employment, she said, noting that the societal stigma against someone with a criminal record is quite real when she applied for housing or for jobs after she had served her prison sentence and, in her words, paid her “debt” to society.
correctional facility in 2015 was inspiring, De Roche admitted, and serves as an example for all Americans.
“It was wonderful to see that Pope Francis went directly into a prison,” he said.
Just “the way people look at you” when they hear about a criminal record, she explained, “you tell people you're a felon and they think you killed five people.” “That's their automatic reaction,” she said, and societal change needs to happen through peoples' minds, not legislation. But I needed a place to stay, so I'm like 'I'll take it,' knowing that I couldn't pay for it,” Irwin said.
“That comes from peoples' mindsets being changed about 'criminal people.'” “I sold drugs to supplement my income for my rent, because I was in a place I couldn't afford. She was caught selling drugs and sentenced to prison again.
And so all those things have been difficult to obtain.” “I can get a job, but it wasn’t going to pay me any money, and I wasn't going to ever move up.“Prison Fellowship believes that every American should take the opportunity…to visit a prison,” he said at the National Press Club, emphasizing that especially “elected leaders” should visit prisons.“And many people who aren't aware of how involved the Christian church is [in prison ministry], they often ask 'why? “And I say 'well it's one of the only things that Jesus actually commanded people to do.'” Why are advocates pushing specifically for a “second chance” initiative?Some people in here, if you see them daily, you’d think they never got out of bed, the wrinkles and such.When getting to know someone, be sure you’re getting to know .
The disparity can fall sharply along racial lines, too, he added.