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Work Restrictions

As you look for work, you should know which careers you cannot work in because of the type of offense, the location, or the schedule.

Before you apply for jobs, you should know if you are banned from working in certain type of jobs or work settings because of your offense. Work restrictions can vary depending on the offense or sentencing.

Work restrictions may be based on:

  • your current or past offenses
  • the location of the work site
  • the number of hours or the shift you are able to work
  • stability of the work assignment

Your Supervised Release Officer or Parole Officer will tell you if your offense affects where you can look for work.

Examples of Restrictions

Depending on the specifics of the offense, a person with a felony conviction might face one or more of these work restrictions, or none of them. Here are some examples:

  • Agents must be allowed to visit worksite and/or speak with a supervisor to discuss client's performance, progress, and accountability
  • Cannot work in a position that serves alcohol
  • Cannot work with minors
  • Cannot work with vulnerable adults
  • Employment must be within or close to a supervision district so that agents may visit the worksite
  • Not allowed to use or have contact with devices that host a computer modem (i.e. any device that can access the Internet)
  • Require permission to leave worksite or visit multiple locations during the course of the work day

If your offense involved a vulnerable adult, for example, you will most likely not be able to work in any positions in a nursing home or group home. Also, you would likely not be allowed to work as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) or in a related career.

If your offense involved a child, you will most likely not be able to work for a city park system, in or near a child care facility or school. In some cases, you would not be allowed to work in places that typically hire teenagers, such as fast food restaurants.

Regardless of your offense, most ex-offenders on supervision are not allowed to work where their victim(s) are employed. A standard condition of release is that you are not able to have contact with any current or past victim(s).

Transportation Limits

As noted above, you may not be able to work in some geographical areas, like near a school, based on the details of your offense. You also need to think about how you will get to work.

Can you get to the job from a bus line? Does the bus run frequently enough to get you to work on time and home from work by your curfew?

In addition, some jobs require you to have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and be eligible for coverage under the employer's insurance.

Keep in mind that ex-offenders under supervision typically are not allowed to cross state lines for work such as delivery or truck driving.

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