Monday, August 18, 2008
The Norwich Bulletin has a great "inside" story on the Connecticut "Pardon Team," a Norwich-based organization run by a former alderman that has "helped guide thousands of people through the first steps of the application process." That initial form for that process is actually 17 pages long! The Team, founded by a husband and wife in 2004, notes, "You might make one mistake. But once you’ve served your sentence, you keep serving. The bars are just invisible. Having a criminal record is like wearing a scarlet letter." The article also notes that "a few years ago, 58 percent of the applicants were turned down in the initial screening stage without a hearing,” but the figure was down to 21 percent in 2007.” See story here.