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 Felony Franks in Chicago Employs Ex-Offenders
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Posted by: larryc 7/21/2009 10:53 AM
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ABC News ran a story this morning about a Chicago businessman named Jim Andrews who recently opened a hot-dog stand, “Felony Franks,” which employs rehabilitated ex-felons who are looking for an opportunity to improve their lives.

Mr. Andrews has a long history of hiring ex-offenders at his local paper company and has also created the Rescue Foundation to help ex-offenders transition back into a normal life. Regarding these ventures, Andrews stated, “The biggest thing I’m trying to do, I’m trying to take the stigma off ex-offenders. Society will not look at them as rehabilitated people, but will look at them as a felon for the rest of their life.”

This is a particularly heartwarming story, as many companies (especially larger businesses) have instituted policies which preclude them from hiring ex-felons, regardless of how much time has passed since the crime was committed. Almost everyone deserves a second chance, but many companies are not willing or able to take the risk on an ex-offender due to company or government regulations or just general cultural bias. Ex-felons generally have to work harder for opportunities to prove a good work ethic and a desire to move up in life honestly. As evidenced by the approximately 600 applications that Felony Franks received, there are quite a few ex-offenders out there hoping you will take a chance on them.

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