Friday, June 8, 2012

What to make of this ? Your opinion: Texas aids convicted felon in training as barber but denies license



From Texas Watchdog:

Texas taxpayers spent money training Lynn Mays, an ex-convict, how to be a barber.

But due to a system of state agencies that don’t coordinate, Mays was denied a license to practice his new trade and, in his words, “prove the system works,” the Austin American-Statesman’s Eric Dexheimer reports.

The dispute raises a question: Why have a Texas taxpayer-funded agency assist a man trying to reintegrate into society, only then to have another Texas taxpayer-funded agency prevent that?

Mays, a Dallas-area resident who’s 42, finished an eight-year prison term in 2010 for aggravated sexual assault.

To help him find a job, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services paid for Mays’ barber training.

Mays passed his exams last year. Yet the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation denied Mays a license, concluding that he had not been a free man long enough to prove he’d been rehabilitated. No set time period exists, Jeff Copas, a licensing and regulation department spokesman, told Texas Watchdog.

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15 comments:

  1. This is stupid. The man finished intensive training: passed a difficult State board and now is denied the right to make a living. Earning money, your money, is a good way for a man or woman to stay free.

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    1. thank you for your support.....LYNN MAYS

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    2. I did time in TDCJ and I still got my State Bar card back to practice law. This makes no sense.

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  2. Yet, Whitmire wants to be smart on crime.

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  3. Let's see - lawyer can commit crimes and keep their license, a doctor can commit crimes and keep their license, a politician can commit crimes and still be elected into office, but a trained barber is kept from cutting hair? Something just doesn't make sense about this.

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    1. Hello, it sure doesn't make sense!!!

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    2. thank you for your support...Lynn mays

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  4. For years the Prison spent millions on vocational training that trained inmates to become plumbers, electricians, bricklayers etc.... When they got out, they found that most of the 'Master' licence requirements required that they not be a convicted felon. This is ridiculous ! The men/women that actually want to work, contribute and stay out are prevented from doing the types of jobs that most are qualified for. The system is set up for them to fail. I am not light on crime. I am a 27 year veteran and believe a felon should do the time that fits the crime. I also believe that after they have paid their dues we should allow them EVERY opportunity to stay out !

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  5. This man is trying to better himself and how is he supposed to do that if he won't be given his barber license even though he passed. Then people wonder why they go back to committing crimes! Give this man his license crying out loud!!

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  6. It's a sad thing, We wonder why are prisons are revolving doors, and yet when we send them out into the world we only give them about 100$, a bus ticket good to the border, or where ever they were arrested at, and now we deny them legal employment...

    What's the point>?

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  7. The prison system is a joke and there is NO REHABILITATION in Texas prisons. My son was denied an on the job training certificate for custodian work, he would dewax/wax/buffed floors and other work needed done in the unit; he has also done barbaring. The Texas prison system has failed for decades and they still can't get it right. The Texas Prison System is only targeted for inmate failer and a revolving door.

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