Good evening, everyone and welcome to my seminar. My name is Magnus Storm, and I am a student of sociology at the University of Texas. I am here today, to give my take on giving ex-cons a second chance.
First, I want to start off with asking you guys a question. I would like you to answer by rising your arm if you have done what I ask. Have anyone of you successful business owners ever hired an ex-convicted felon? Thanks for participating in the poll.
Hiring an ex-con will not only alter the life of another person but will also help your own business, which I will discuss further later.
You will also alter the amount of money that is spent on incarcerating convicts. It is claimed that Texas itself spends approximately $3 billion each year merely to keep inmates locked up.
Having a criminal behind bars costs $50 every day. Having someone on supervised probation, on the other hand, just costs $3 per day.
However, you may argue that ex-convicts are dangerous and violent. To some extent, it is correct, but if you look at persons who are sentenced to prison for drug possession, you will not believe they are violent.
They might just be on the wrong course or caught at an inconvenient moment. Every year, around 7.000 Texans are sentenced to prison for the same reason.
Of course, drug possession isn't really a positive thing, and no I’m not praising its virtues. I'm merely trying to point you that not all ex-cons are aggressive psychopaths.
You will also modify the amount of spending on incarcerating convicts. It is believed that Texas itself spends approximately $3 billion each year merely to keep inmates locked up.