Follow-Up on Work Opportunities for Felons
In a recent post, I commented on how I supported preventing felons from working as bail bondsman, but stated that I did think, on the whole, that we were being too restrictive about which positions that felons can work in once they serve their sentences. So, I was delighted to read that in Kansas City Councilman John Sharpe has introduced legislation changing the city’s liquor code to allow felons to work in bars. I think that this is a very positive change, and I commend Councilman Sharpe. There is no reason that felons who have done their time should not be able to serve drinks, or work in any of the other assorted jobs that are available in bars. (I, myself, used to be a barback and a bouncer — although no, I am not a felon.) I hope this change goes through, so it can give former convicts a few more opportunities to build back their lives after they serve their punishments.
I was also delighted to read the story first at Tony’s Kansas City, which is always informative and fun to read for a number of reasons — which you will discover as soon as you visit.