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  •  I was later was almost denied access to prison (8+ / 0-)

    because of my arrests.  After the war was over I went to grad school, started doing groups at a nearby state prison, and then wrote a grant to do DOJ-supported research there, at which point they did a security check and decided they didn't want to officially let enter their prison somebody with such a long arrest record, even though I'd never been convicted of anything more than a summary offense.  Luckily, the prison superintendent was a friend of my mentor and even a graduate of my own clinical psych program. (Never did figure that one out.) He went to bat for me so that eventually my arrests weren't enough to keep me out of prison.  Ah bureaucracy -- I always thought there was a Monty Python skit or a Kafka short story there somewhere.

    P.S.  Yeah, their background checks are thorough.  I later ran a university MH clinic and we'd get Feds looking for the records of somebody's 25-year-old 3 or 4 counseling sessions.  If it turned out that we'd shredded the records (we kept them much longer than legally required, but not forever),  they were very suspicious and not very happy campers.  Often -- I assume to prevent our culling the records in any way -- they'd show up without notice and demand to be given copies of the records immediately, which was impossible for all sorts of reasons.  Telling them they'd have to wait on our convenience was not my favorite part of that job.

    •  In 2008 (7+ / 0-)

      Mr.AzBlue was sent to Montreal for a job on a commuter jet by Bombardier.

      I've told the story before, but we drove our old motor home to the border and were denied entrance into Canada for not having the appropriate paperwork.
      The company provided an immigration lawyer and we met up with her in Buffalo, New York, and we were allowed over.
      Took the motor home because we lived in it, thus saving the corporation money and we were rewarded for that.

      Anyway, customs on both sides have total access to backgrounds, and my husband was quite stunned that an arrest for pot in his youth was on file, especially since all the charges were dropped way back when.

      It was never difficult getting into Canada when I lived in the Detroit area.
      I used to go with friends on beer runs to Windsor since the beer was higher in alcohol than what was sold in the US.
      Never had a problem back then.
      Never even had to show ID, just had to say where we were born.
      Times have changed.

      All we need is LOVE!

      by arizonablue on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:40:49 AM PST

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    •  ...now this definitely is an oxymoron!... (2+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, diggerspop

      eventually my arrests weren't
       enough to keep me out of prison

      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

      by paradise50 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:59:51 PM PST

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