Ex-cons blacklisted

Survey found employers not willing to hire former prisoners

A staggering 84 per cent of local employers say they would not hire a person with a criminal record, according to Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo who quoted a survey.

While not revealing who conducted the survey or when it was done, Byer-Suckoo told the Senate today as she
led debate on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Amendment Bill that 45 per cent of employers also said they would require prospective workers to
produce police certificates of character as a prerequisite for hiring.

It was in these circumstances that the Minister of Labour said Government was seeking to reduce the probationary period before ex-convicts can apply to have their criminal records expunged.

While admitting that some believed that expunging a person’s criminal record was equivalent to pretending the crime never took place, Byer-Suckoo said the amended legislation sought to create a balance between protecting the public from dangerous criminals and creating opportunities for those who had served their time to reintegrate into society and reduce their chances for further criminal involvement.

According to the minister, the administration was particularly concerned about youth unemployment. She explained that given the demands for police certificates of character by employers, persons who might have offended as teenagers or young adults faced the near impossible task of becoming employable for the rest of their lives because of the stigma associated with imprisonment.

She contended that many young people who want to turn their lives around were hamstrung by the mistakes they made as teenagers, which caused them to end up before the law courts.

Byer-Suckoo said the legislative amendments would shorten the waiting period before people can apply to have their criminal records erased.

For a prison sentence of one year but not more than three years, the rehabilitation period or waiting is five years, while for sentences between three and seven years, the rehabilitation period is ten years, according to the amendment.

In cases of non-custodial sentences convicted persons can apply to have their records removed after one year, down from five years under the old legislation.

Byer-Suckoo made it clear that expungement was not automatic as the request had to go before a board, which was required to seek a report from the commissioner of police before a decision was granted.

In this connection, the she said the amendment to the current legislation included a requirement for the board reviewing applications to state in writing why an expungement application was rejected.

26 Responses to Ex-cons blacklisted

  1. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan December 14, 2017 at 12:43 am


  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 14, 2017 at 3:51 am

    In 2015 Canada wipe the slate of even murders clean, why we cannot do the same.

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor December 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

      They should go to Canada and live then we forgive but behave wisely

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall December 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Mazie they’re people only get into trouble once and it’s a lifetime of punishment.

    • Sonn Callender
      Sonn Callender December 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      WOW – how is something like that even feasible? How can a whole country wipe criminal records clean….seem like a country every criminal should flock to….WOW…madness!

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall December 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      I never said that

  3. hcalndre December 14, 2017 at 3:59 am

    @ Esther Byer; if a person committed a crime as a teenager depending on the nature, they courts generally have the record sealed and it should not be known but what you`re saying here seems to me that you don`t have a clue of what you want to accomplish.

  4. Tony Webster December 14, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Jesus has forgiven us ( and me for sure), so many sins. Sins are, in essence, a violations of his laws. Jesus also said something about vengeance, which implies that wrong-doers have to face some very unpleasant “outcomes”.

    If I “mis-speak”, may he forgive my stone-cold heart. And I tremble at what my Rev. brudda Wayne will likely do to this little offering.

  5. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams December 14, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Only politicians should get second chances??

  6. harry turnover December 14, 2017 at 7:42 am

    “Survey found employers not willing to hire former prisoners”….Well done Employers.KEEP IT UP !!…those CRIMINALS KNOW BEFORE THEY COMMIT CRIMES what will happen after…but guess what ?..they commit them ANYWAY hoping to” get away “with them…some do ” get away “,while the others who are caught adopt a do care attitude on their way to the Courts AND ENCOURAGED and BIG by their friends and families on the outside.
    What wunna want those EMPLOYERS TO DO ? hire them and allow that type of behavior to filter into their establishments ?

  7. harry turnover December 14, 2017 at 7:44 am


  8. Mia Colucci December 14, 2017 at 9:15 am

    It’s difficult for people WITHOUT criminal records to get a job in this country.

  9. milli watt December 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

    if you do the crime you got to do the time………..both in an out a prison real talk

  10. John Everatt December 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I think that is why they have police certificates of character.

  11. Jus me December 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    All de Guyana man used to run to a body at back de airport, pass a Grantley, Cert of character ready in two days.

  12. Sonn Callender
    Sonn Callender December 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    why would employers hire criminals when people that have been outstanding citizens all their lives need jobs and cant find any…i’m not saying criminals shouldnt get a 2nd chance – but if you were interviewing 2 people and they both had the same credentials but one was served time for rape and thievery who would you pick?

    • Devonte Mccollin
      Devonte Mccollin December 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      People got to live, so what about the man that made a mistake and committed a crime? He’s not entitled to forgiveness? A second chance? A clean slate? Giving a rehabilitated offending a second chance isn’t prohibiting anyone else from getting a job the same way that someone who’s never gotten into trouble isn’t hindering an ex convict. A christian society needs to learn to abide by their teachings.

    • Sonn Callender
      Sonn Callender December 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Yeah that’s all good in the ideal world and on paper it sounds and looks good – but in the real world people are darn scared – fear drives us not to hire – to walk on the other side of the road, to close our doors early – to put alarms and cameras on our homes…Fear of giving a 2nd chance and getting stab in the back literally and figuratively…in the real world, FEAR drives us to the axioms of “once bitten twice shy”! Sorry, but this is true for most of us that has experienced criminality in our lives…christian or non…

    • Devonte Mccollin
      Devonte Mccollin December 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Didn’t you know that they are criminals without records? And let’s put it this way, 100 men with criminal records that can’t get jobs and roaming the streets, I’m sure you’ll be alot safer than if they were gainfully employed with an income and a means to support their families Ms. Intelligent, but you do have a nice day.

    • Sonn Callender
      Sonn Callender December 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks… I am having a great day… and try not to make any mistakes that put you up at Dodds or you will become a statictic also….you have a great Thursday afternoon…and try not to take discussions personal….It’s a discussion for the billion people that can read and write…nothing personal!

  13. Alex Alleyne December 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    “While not revealing who conducted the survey or when it was done”. This only goes to go the rubbish these politicians spew in the air.
    If you are serious and want to get your point across to the people then,”bring the facts”.

  14. Ossie Moore December 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Buh child you shudda know dat bout here so ney fella from de Majesty’s Dodds gine get employ by these Buhbajans causing dem is too much lick mout Lues bout hey so and if some one know a fella or so; dem gine point finger or broadmout he pun de spot!

  15. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss December 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    She responsible for part of that she and d AG

  16. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade December 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Each time i see this woman i want to cry

  17. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop December 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    They need to get real. I worked with young offenders for quite a while and saw so many of them turn their lives around!!!

  18. fedup December 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Some who have done nothing bad can’t even find a job.


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