When someone serves time for a crime, they will forever be prejudged by alot of society.  While in some instances this is necessary, in others, particularly non violent crimes, this may not be as pertinent.

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has come under heavy fire (no pun intended) for hiring nine ex-felons in its “newly-minted class of FDNY probationary firefighters.”  The nine ex-felons, all minorities, have created an atmosphere where critics are now questioning the standards of the Fire Academy.  The biggest issue seems to be centered around one particular ex-felon who served more than a year for two 2005 gun charge convictions at 20 years old.  I want to point out that the man is now 32 and has been serving as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the city since 2012. 

The ex-felon qualified for the FDNY after receiving “a “certificate of good conduct” from the state Corrections Department. The certificate is granted to people convicted of two or more felonies who have stayed clean for three to five years, or those with any criminal records seeking “public office,” which includes firefighter jobs.”  

“Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the latest firefighter class, with 22.3 percent identified as Hispanic and 15.5 percent as black, “reflects the growing diversity of our department.””

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