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.
See entire story here !
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