SECOND CHANCES ARE HARD TO COME BY IN THE STATE OF
WISCONSIN -- AT LEAST, THAT'S WHAT ONE WOMAN SAYS.
HER STORY IS FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX.
A YOUNG WOMAN WHOSE CRIMINAL PAST NOW HAUNTS HER JOB
SEARCH SAYS SHE WANTS THE GOVERNOR TO RECONSIDER WHETHER
TO OFFER PARDONS.
-- MICHELLE --
GOVERNOR WALKER SHUT DOWN THE PROGRAM UPON TAKING
NEWS THREE'S JESSICA ARP HAS MORE ON THE ISSUE.
CRIMINALS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR TIME TYPICALLY CAN
APPLY FOR A PARDON...
AN OFFICIAL ACT OF FORGIVENESS BY THE GOVERNOR.
THAT RESTORES RIGHTS AFTER A SENTENCE HAS BEEN SERVED.
IT'S A POWER WALKER WON'T EXCERCISE.
AND THAT SOME FELONS SAY.
IS PREVENTING THEM FROM GETTING A JOB OR MOVING ON
WITH THEIR LIVES.
i beat myself up every single day and say how could
you do that, what were you thinking
JESSICA CRANFIELD .
SPEAKING WITH US VIA SKYPE FROM HER HOME IN CHIPPEWA
FALLS ADMITS, SHE'S MADE MISTAKES.
SHE COMMITTED A NUMBER OF CRIMES.
INCLUDING STEALING A PURSE.
AND CLEARING A BANK ACCOUNT OF A HUNDRED DOLLARS TO
FOR THAT OFFENSE.
SHE WENT TO PRISON FOR TWO YEARS.
when oct of 2005 rolled around adn i was a free woman
i wa 20 years old ;09 at 20 years old you have a lot
of life in front of you, so i made the concious decision
that i was never going to get in trouble again
AND IS NOW MARRIED.
AND IN SCHOOL WORKING TOWARD A BACHELORS DEGREE IN
SHE'S UNLIKELY TO GET HER DESIRED JOB AS A TEACHER.
42;43 words, audio off its very difficult to get a
job if you have any type of criminal conviction, but
a felony basically guarantees that you wont :50
SHE CALLED THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE.
LOOKING TO APPLY FOR A PARDON...
THE MOVE HAS EVEN GOTTEN RECENT ATTENTION IN THE NEW
GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKERits one of those where theres
many examples like that out there, but many people
who dont have advocates for them and one of the challenges
i've always had is where do you draw the line on that
SPEAKING TO REPORTERS LAST WEEK...
SAYS THERE'S BEEN DISPARITIES IN WHO GOT PARDONS IN
NEWS THREE ASKED IF IT WAS A JOB CREATION ISSUE.
no they can get jobs, they just cant get jobs in an
area that prevents them access because of their felony
conviction :23 but they are not limited in other ways
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THE GOVERNOR ALSO ARGUED THAT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS CAN
WORK WITH FORMER OFFENDERS TO MODIFY CHARGES...
CRANFIELD SAYS SHE'D CONSIDER THAT BUT CAN'T AFFORD
TO HIRE A LAWYER TO UNDERTAKE THAT PROCESS.
SHE'S NOT THE ONLY CASE OF THIS...
THE CASE FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES WAS OF A VETERAN
AND MADISON RESIDENT WHO WAS CONVICTED OF FELONY BATTERY
AND NOW CAN'T BECOME A POLICE OFFICER.
-- ERIC --