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Admin with a criminal background

By sidvail ·
I am the Network Admin for a local Electronic Supply company in Alaska. I have both the A+ and Network+ certifications along with a CNSE from Fluke Networks, trained in their network analyzers. My network is only 24 stations with an NT4.0 Server. I took this job over about 4 years ago, along with other duties in the company. I really like computers and networking. I do not however, have much experience with other NOS' other than NT4.0. And having moved into this job gradually, I learned it through problem solving as they occured. The certs followed.

I would like to make this my vocation, and pick up some more certs - namely MCSE. My problem though is that I have a criminal background. That has not been an issue where I work now - as I moved into the job slowly, proving my competence and reliability a piece at a time.

My question is this: With my criminal background (homicide - spent 19 years in prison)will I be hired? If I obtained more certs, and pursued Networking as an occupation, would I be taken seriously? I don't see myself moving into a head position at IBM or Exxon - but I do wonder how badly my past will hurt my chances of working in the IT field.

Any and all comments and advise is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Tim McVeigh - Combat Vet

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Combat Veteran wipes the ...

That somebody has experience slaughtering people AND that they've been to prison - would turn me off, and just about anyone else with any sense.

But using the "slaughtering people" part as the sole qualifier - that's just nuts.

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by rayeni In reply to Tim McVeigh - Combat Vet

I was refering to a combat veteran as someone who as served his country after conviction of a crime. Not someone who served their country first, and then committed a heinous crime.

Tim McVeigh's veterans status doesn't wipe the slate clean. I am glad he got the pin. :)

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Unless its minor crime Military Service doesn't wipe the slate clean..

by TomSal In reply to Sure

IMHO, unless we are talking a minor crime like stealing $20, or traffic violations, upaid parking tickets, etc. Maybe even fraud if on a low level and not involving huge dollar amounts or ruining people's lives (ie. you are busted for creating fraudulant (sp?) ID's and selling them to teenagers to get into 21 and older clubs).

But any serious or major crime...assault, rape, murder, molestation, bank robbery, etc....serve in a thousand wars, serve with honor and win all kinds of are still just a punk criminal in my mind who has no honor, diserves no respect.

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Devil's Details

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Sure

I was refering to a combat veteran as someone who as served his country after conviction of a crime. Not someone who served their country first, and then committed a heinous crime.
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Aha - the devil is in the details. However, from what I understand - you can't get into the military with a serious criminal record. Something about not being moral enough to kill people?

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Has the UCMJ been suspended?

by deepsand In reply to Combat Veteran wipes the ...

As a former Naval officer (USNA '68), I am appalled that someone who purports to have served in uniform should advocate a position so completely at odds with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

However, in light of the egregious behavior of some of our troops abroad, such comes as no surprise.

It is clearly evident that we have a severe problem with ethics within our armed forces.

Small wonder that, to much of the world, we have once again become the Ugly Americans.

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All depnds on the crime..

by TomSal In reply to Oh, how wrong you are!

I say if you stole a car without violence (wasn't at gun point), you physically harmed no one AND then you did your time plus went through all you have to get a decent "working record" again AND you served your country..that you are "fine and I say good luck and I hope you are doing well".

However if you car jack the car with a gun, you physically hurt people in the process.

Cry me a river...serve your country, etc.

Doesn't matter.

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Too Bad

by lloyd In reply to It can be done

If you murdered someone you should not even be out of prison. I don't know your circumstances, maybe it was self defense. But MURDER?
I won't lose sleep because you can't get what you want. You get what you deserve. If it was MURDER, you don't even deserve to be alive much less out of prison.

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Too Bad responder

by taxman1 In reply to Too Bad

The man said homicide.

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What do you mean "too bad"?

by Lancer2K In reply to Too Bad

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This individual has been tried, convicted and has served their time. Would you reather they continue to drain society's resources by remaining in jail or become a productive member of society?

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Personally I would only be concerned with a criminal background if it was something that may be related to the position. If, for example, you had been convicted of fraud, theft or another similar crime then I would be FAR MORE concerned.

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Too Bad, and your free????

by Kriaken In reply to Too Bad

You are kidding, its a shame when someone asks an honest question that they have to be faced with this sort of red neck right wing nut job idiocy.

Having hired many ex-criminals (14) I feel qualified to say that you and your opinion are what is the matter with the world today. Go get an enema, it will help clear your mind. The next step for you is to take yourself to someone who can help treat your rampant self delusional feelings of inadequacy. Or the red neck version, your an idiot...

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