The Advocate: People with felony records struggle to find work

NEWARK – Tina Blay has a similar thought each time she fills out a job application: What’s the point?

Blay, 33, has a felony conviction on her record. If she could explain in-person what happened, she thinks employers would be more apt to give her a chance, she said. As is, she gets to the bottom of the application, and there it is: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” Blay is required to check yes, and from there, she might as well toss her application in the trash, she said.

Tina Blay has a similar thought each time she fills out a job application: What’s the point?

Blay, 33, has a felony conviction on her record. If she could explain in-person what happened, she thinks employers would be more apt to give her a chance, she said. As is, she gets to the bottom of the application, and there it is: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” Blay is required to check yes, and from there, she might as well toss her application in the trash, she said.

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