In 1994 I was arrested for drugs and served 3 years in prison (it was the "War on Drugs" -- if I was arrested 30 days earlier or now I would receive a sentence of probation). I have not had a permanent job since my release although I have been almost continuosly employed as a IT contractor with all of my contract agencies aware of my backround. And yes, I've had many job offers -- that is until I raise my special circumstances. That's when the job disappears although several times I've remained on-site as a contractor for additional months/years. It seems it OK for me to handle millions of peices of confidential information just not with raises, training opportunities, benefits or promotions. I never get a chance to discuss my circumstances with a permanent employer because not a single one of these companies will admit that the real reason that the position has suddenly disappeared is due to my criminal record. This repetitive experience over the past 15 years has left me feeling nothing but contempt.
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