Support Prison Reform - Put Felons Back to Work

Stand Up for a 2nd Chance for Felons

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Eric K. Cone

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Published author, Planning for Windows 2000 - Industry Expert

2nd Felony 10+ Years Ago (past addiction/alcoholism)

My Story

When President Trump announced that he supported a second chance for felons and prison reform I decided to tell my story.

My mother and father adopted me at birth and I was fortunate to grow up in a beautifully diverse neighborhood. Unfortunately, I experimented with cocaine even after I was told that "I'd regret trying it for the rest of my life." This all occurred during the cocaine epidemic of the late 80's.

As a teenager I was admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation facility and the help I received enabled me to kick drugs for many years.

With this behind me, while in my early 20's, I became certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Master Certified Network Engineer (MCNE). This enabled me to enter the lucrative computer consulting field in the dot com bubble era.

At the height of my career, I worked as a senior technical architect for a very large Microsoft partner in Chicago advising many of America's top companies including McDonald's Worldwide, Kraft Foods, Allied Signal, Harris Bank and Alcoa.

In 1999, an acquisitions editor from New Riders Press/Macmillan (now Pearson Education) asked me to write the very first book released here in the USA on Windows 2000 Server. I finished the book titled, "Planning for Windows 2000" in four months with some help. The book was a major release, and it sold at Barnes & Noble and Borders here in the USA and also in China, Japan, and Germany.

After finishing this book, I was in a very bad car accident and over a period of six months I took prescription opioids and this led me (documented medical history of addiction problems) later to using cocaine--all after years and years of abstinence. This hit me hard and reminded me of what my friend told me years ago about regretting trying cocaine for the rest of my life.

After 6+ months of daily drug abuse, my addiction eventually became my taskmaster. After all the opioid and cocaine abuse and 10's of thousands of dollars thrown away, in a vicious cycle of addiction, I, in what I call an "insane" mental state, demanded cash from a retail location twice in my lifetime while under the influence (no weapon).

As a convicted felon, no company would hire me then, and no company will hire me now for a decent, full-time job--all I can do is freelance here and there. After not being able to pay child support, and some taxes, I lost my drivers license for the financial delinquency, making it even harder to work.

Because I cannot get a decent full-time job in any field, I started three of my own companies. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make a living to support myself or my three children and my wife.

I am a 45 year old man that cannot support myself, my children, or my wife because all potential "good" employers I have contacted give absolutely no chances to felons.

My dignity is still intact because I know who I am and I refuse to be defined by my past.

I have tried everything in order to work to my potential again. When I attempted to work in a labor position in the construction field during the fall season of 2017 I damaged my ACL and tore my meniscus.

With this 10+ year old felony, & the one before it, I am 99.9% unemployable. It strikes me as very cruel that this is still the case A DECADE later even for a published author (me) with a stellar record of work experience with some of America's top companies.

It gets even WORSE. Just think about how much more DIFFICULT it is to find a job for those with a felony that have LITTLE or NO work experience.

I LOVE America, and all of its people, just like thousands of felons that have also paid their debt to society.

Let's give all women and men the opportunity to support themselves and their families. Please consider giving felons the right to work hard again in order to live up to their God given potential.

Note that felons sometimes commit crimes, such as marijuana drug dealing, to earn money in order to support their families because there aren't ANY other options for them (not saying this is okay). If they get caught, they are thrown back into the prison system. It's a vicious cycle.

Let's reduce recidivism and restore dignity with a second chance for felons that have served their time. PRAY for and HELP those incarcerated now. They are trapped in a rigged prison system, causing a cycle of destruction for themselves, their families, and all American citizens.

Please support President Trump's prison reform initiative and a second chance to go back to work for felons.

Thank you - Eric K. Cone

[email protected]

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Influence Senators & Representatives with personal telephone calls to local or D.C. offices.
We want to let them know that we support H.R. 3356, The Prison Reform and Redemption Act.

Of importance also is a “second chance” for felons that have paid their debt to society.

Let your congressperson or senator know that you would like past convictions to remain visible
to law enforcement but be sealed from the public, including potential employers, landlords,
and admissions committees, allowing individuals with prior convictions to gain
a foothold in the labor market or continue their education.

Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee

Representative Martha Roby, Alabama (R) - Local (334) 262-7718 - D.C. (202) 225-2901
Representative Andy Biggs, Arizona (R) - Local (480) 699-8239 - D.C. (202) 225-2635
Representative Eric Swalwell, California (D) - Local (510) 370-3322 - D.C. (202) 225-5065
Representative Zoe Lofgren, California (D) - Local (408) 271-8700 - D.C. (202) 225-3072
Representative Ted Lieu, California (D) - Local (323) 651-1040 - D.C. (202) 225-3976
Representative Karen Bass, California (D) - Local (323) 965-1422 - D.C. (202) 225-7084
Representative Darrell Issa, California (R) - Local (760) 599-5000 - D.C. (202) 225-3906
Representative Ken Buck, Colorado (R) - Local (720) 639-9165 - D.C. (202) 225-4676
Representative Matt Gaetz, Florida (R) - Local (850) 479-1183 - D.C. (202) 225-4136
Representative John Rutherford, Florida (R) - Local 904-831-5205 - D.C. (202) 225-2501
Representative Ron DeSantis, Florida (R) - Local 386-279-7343 - D.C. (202) 225-2706
Representative Val Demings, Florida (D) - Local 321-388-9808 - D.C. (202) 225-2176
Representative Ted Deutch, Florida (D) - Local (561) 470-5440 - D.C. (202) 225-3001
Representative Henry C. Johnson Jr., Georgia (D) Local (770) 987-2291 - D.C. (202) 225-1605
Representative Karen Handel, Georgia (R) - Local (770) 998-0049 - D.C. (202) 225-4501
Representative Doug Collins, Georgia (R) - Local (404) 651-7737 - D.C. (202) 225-9893
Representative Raul Labrador, Idaho (R) - Local (208) 888-3188 - D.C. (202) 225-6611
Representative Luis Gutierrez, Illinois (D) - Local (773) 342-0774 - D.C. (202) 225-8203
Representative Bradley Schnieder, Illinois (D) - Local (847) 383-4870 - D.C. (202) 225-4835
Representative Steve King, Iowa (R) - Local (515) 232-2885 - D.C. (202) 225-4426
Representative Cedric Richmond, Louisiana (D) - Local (504) 288-3777 - D.C. (202) 225-6636
Representative Mike Johnson, Louisiana (R) - Local (337) 392-3146 - D.C. (202) 225-2777
Representative Jamie Raskin, Maryland (D) - Local (301) 354-1000 - D.C. (202) 225-5341
Representative Hakim Jeffries, New York (D) - Local (718) 373-0033 - D.C. (202) 225-5936
Representative Jerrold Nadler, New York (D) - Local (212) 367-7350 - D.C. (202) 225-5635
Representative Steve Chabot, Ohio (R) - Local (513) 684-2723 - D.C. (202) 225-2216
Representative Jim Jordan, Ohio (R) - Local (419) 999-6465 - D.C. (202) 225-2676
Representative Tom Marino, Pennsylvania (R) - Local (570) 322-3961 - D.C. (202) 225-3731
Representative David Cicilline, Rhode Island (D) - Local (401) 729-5600 - D.C. (202) 225-4911
Representative Trey Gowdy, South Carolina (R) - Local (864) 241-0175 - D.C. (202) 225-6030
Representative Steve Cohen, Tennessee (D) - Local (901) 544-4131 - D.C. (202) 225-3265
Representative Louie Gohmert, Texas (R) - Local (903) 561-6349 - D.C. (202) 225-3035
Representative Ted Poe, Texas (R) - Local (281) 446-0242 - D.C. (202) 225-6565
Representative John Ratcliffe, Texas (R) - Local (972) 771-0100 - D.C. (202) 225-6673
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas (D) - Local (713) 861-4070 - D.C. (202) 225-3816
Representative Lamar Smith, Texas (R) - Local (210) 821-5024 - D.C. (202) 225-4236
Representative Blake Farenthold, Texas (R) - Local (361) 884-2222 - D.C. (202) 225-7742
Representative Bob Goodlatte, Virginia (R) - Local (540) 857-2672 - D.C. (202) 225-5431
Representative Pramila Jayapal, Washington (D) - Local (202) 225-3106 - D.C. (202) 225-3106
Representative James F. Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin (R) - Local (262) 784-1111 - D.C. (202) 225-5101

Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Chuck Grassley, Iowa (R) - Local (515) 288-1145 -D.C. (202) 224-3744
Senator Dianne Feinstein, California (D) - Local (415) 393-0707 - D.C. (202) 224-3841
Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Utah (R) - Local (801) 524-4380 - D.C. (202) 224-5251
Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont (D) - Local (802) 229-0569 - D.C. (202) 224-4242
Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina (R) - Local (864) 250-1417 - D.C. (202) 224-5972
Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois (D) - Local (312) 353-4952 - D.C. (202) 224-2152
Senator John Cornyn, Texas (R) - Local (713) 572-3337 - D.C. (202) 224-2934
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island (D) - Local (401) 453-5294 - D.C. (202) 224-2921
Senator Michael S. Lee, Utah (R) - Local (801) 524-5933 - D.C. (202) 224-5444
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota (D) - Local (612) 727-5220 - D.C. (202) 224-3244
Senator Ted Cruz, Texas (R) - Local (214) 599-8749 - D.C. (202) 224-5922
Senator Christopher A. Coons, Delaware (D) - Local (302) 573-6345 - D.C. (202) 224-5042
Senator Ben Sasse, Nebraska (R) - Local (402) 476-1400 - D.C. (202) 224-4224
Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut (D) - Local (860) 258-6940 - D.C. (202) 224-2823
Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona (R) - Local (602) 840-1891 - D.C. (202) 224-4521
Senator Mazie Hirono, Hawaii (D) - Local (808) 522-8970 - D.C. (202) 224-6361
Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho (R) - Local (208) 522-9779 - U.S. (202) 224-6142
Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey (D) - Local (856) 338-8922 - D.C. (202) 224-3224
Senator Thom Tillis, North Carolina (R) - Local (704) 509-9087 - D.C. (202) 224-6342
Senator Kamala Harris. California (D) - Local (213) 894-5000 - D.C. (202) 224-3553
Senator John Kennedy, Louisiana (R) - Local (337) 269-5980 - D.C. (202) 224-4623

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