Ex-convict struggles to find a job

2017-09-06 06:02

“INTEGRATING back into the working world following a criminal conviction is the most difficult thing to do.”

This, according to Dave Williams (56), from Clelland, who was released from New Prison in May 2016.

Williams was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in November 2012.

He was sentenced to an effective seven years in prison and after serving half his sentence, he was released on parole.

“It has been a nightmare trying to find employment. I have not even been called to an interview,” he said.

“Once you tick the box that you have a criminal record, nobody wants anything to do with you,” he added.

Williams has been living in the Day Parole section of New Prison since his release.

Day Parole provides accommodation for prisoners released on parole until they get back on their feet.

“It’s been over a year. I have just extended my stay for another six months but the officer in charge informed me that after this period­ is up, I will no longer have accommodation at this facility. I am very worried about where I am going to live,” he said.

In the meantime, Williams has been doing odd jobs to obtain an income and keep himself going. Prior to his incarceration, he had been employed at the municipality for 15 years. He then tried his hand in the business sector for a year, but the business went south. He was arrested shortly afterwards.

“I know I have a criminal record, but [I] did not rape or murder anyone. I was not found guilty of theft or fraud. All I want is another chance,” he said.

It has been a nightmare trying to find employment. Once you tick the box that you have a criminal record, nobody wants anything to do with you

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