Brother released from prison. What are his chances of an OTR job?

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  1. bubba mark

    bubba mark Medium Load Member

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    I guess it is. I tend to not judge a man on what he did 20 years ago. I tend to look at what he is doing now. I'm sure their are some that would object but all my customers know that I tend to hire convicted felons and they still award me contracts. It's been my experience that the guys I take on tend to do just as good of a job if not better than anyone else. All they needed was someone to take a chance on them. Now I'm not saying that is true in every case but it is true in a lot of them.
     
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  3. sharp.dressed.man

    sharp.dressed.man Heavy Load Member

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    This might be off topic a bit, but if trucking doesn't work out and he has any interest in the culinary field that might be a decent option for him.

    I imagine if he can get his CDL he will be able to find a job somewhere. He just has to be ready because it is likely that whatever company gives him a chance will try to take a least a little bit of advantage of his situation. The longer he keeps his nose clean though the more likely it is that he can move to a better job within the trucking industry.

    Look on the bright side at least his driving record will be clean as a whistle.
     
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  4. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    Something else to think about here is that he may never be able to get his hazmat or twix lined out. I really don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me.
     
  5. transportHER

    transportHER <strong>The Dynamic Duo</strong>

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    Thank you. And he definitely intends to. We are hoping for the best.
     
  6. transportHER

    transportHER <strong>The Dynamic Duo</strong>

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    That is a definite. We know a fella who ran guns as a teenager about 20 years ago. He was able to get his CDL, but could not get Homeland clearance.
     
  7. transportHER

    transportHER <strong>The Dynamic Duo</strong>

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    Funny you should say that. We talked about that on our last home time. He does like to cook and did work in the kitchen early on in his sentence, but the head guard took a liking to him and now he works in the law department. He has had years of training about the law at this point which has aided him in early release. I am actually quite proud of him. He came from a gun to his head, threats to his family and way of life, a posible death penalty to early release.
     
  8. ZippyNH

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    Just a thought....
    after many years of living in jail....no work history, and a criminal record to add to the list, his best option might be to try to get a non driving job at a places that has trucks...prove himself, get a track record, then maybe they will let him drive after he gets a cdl. Maybe a construction company or paving company, or even possibly a dock worker...some city delivery trucks cary a helper to help deliver loads...like keg haulers delivering to bars, etc. Once he knows the job, and routes...mabe he will get the go.
    going from a very structured lifestyle, ie, prison, to a very flexible, unstructured job/lifestyle, like trucking might not be a good first step...just too many mays to get into trouble IF someone gives him a chance....and i bet many that may, will be the most marginal carriers....running crap for equipment, etc...just too many folks wanting to work for good companies. Companies are becomming very security concensious....can you iminagine the headlines if a former convicted felloen was involved in an accident.....might destroy a companies reputation....
    Maybe a couple years of keeping clean, and restarting his life, might be a srart...then maybe a chance imo.
     
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  9. losttrucker

    losttrucker Road Train Member

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    I'm not sure if somebody else has mentioned them, but Carolina Cargo out of Rock Hill,SC would probably give him a shot. Granted they don't have a great reputation around here but they seem to give people chances or some would say they exploit people because of past issues, either way it's a OTR job and gets him some experience.
     
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  10. Kittyfoot

    Kittyfoot Crusty Ancient

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    Just a thought.... we have a relative that did time and now drives a truck doing porta potties and such. He loves it, says it's alot cleaner than you'd think. Works around Seattle area.
     
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  11. transportHER

    transportHER <strong>The Dynamic Duo</strong>

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    That is good to know. I am sure he would tough it out to gain a good reputation.
     
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