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Tl;dr of the reports: people have opinions*.
We get it. The report function is not there for your editorial, that's what the comments are for.
5 years is pretty hard sentence. Drug related?
And this is why second chances are important!
i dont think we should encourage her to rob another bank
Another chance, this time don't get caught.
Reminds me of Broke by Todd Snider
“With good behavior I’ll be out in seven years
Don’t worry over me or shed any tears
I’ve learned a lot in here, and I know what a chance I blew
The next time I won’t make the same mistake...
I’ll shoot the camera out too”
Or a quote from black mass with Johnny Depp:
,,Whitey Bulger (to kid): Hey, buddy. I need you to listen very carefully to what I’m saying, because there are lessons again and again throughout your whole life. And you got to learn from these things, right? It’s not what you do, it’s when and where you do it, and who you do it to or with. If nobody sees it, it didn’t happen.
Lindsey: Jimmy, he’s six. You really think that’s the best thing to be telling your kid?
Whitey Bulger: Yeah.''
No. She's educated now. Robbing a bank is for plebs and doesn't really pay. She can now enter the white collar way of investment banking. Close enough.
She give her research materials, I recommend “fun with dick and Jane” the Jim Carey one.
I recommend Coheed and Cambria's latest album Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures.
The main characters are sentenced to a prison planet after robbing a bank. There a music video showing the robbery and its delightful.
Helping other addicts find treatment as an addict myself, I said I was going to quit so many times. Eventually everyone stopped believing me. If it weren't for my sister believing me this time I would probably be dead. 5 years clean in February.
This is also why we need the recently passed civil rights amendment in Florida enacted into law ASAP without the mendacious interference of the new governor.
What does that provide?
Funny enough, there was recently a story on NPR about this.
Convicted felons could not vote, even after their release. They would have to apply for a hearing with the governor and 3 others. IIRC, they needed the governor and 2 of those 3 people to restore their voting rights.
Doesn't sound too crazy, right? Now, at these hearings, they can essentially ask you anything (you have a right not to answer), and they can deny you for any reason (the sky wasn't blue enough that day, your jeans weren't straight enough, etc), and you had no recourse but to try and apply again.
Oh, almost forgot to mention that it could take anywhere from 4 years to over a decade to get a hearing, given that they didn't grant that many hearings a year.
Those were the facts. Now for the speculation stated in the story. Looking at the demographics of ex-felons, they usually fell more in the minorities and liberals. Supposedly, one of the democratic ex-governors had passed a law that automatically granted voting rights to non-violent offenders, but immediately the Republicans took control, they repealed it.
And recently there was a vote which has given the rights to vote back to ex-convicts after their release.
NPR podcast about voting rights. This is the one I got the information from. It follows 2 female ex-convicts in their quest to regain their voting rights.
Wasn't it also something where they only get together sporadically to even take hearings.
Jon Oliver did a whole thing about this on Last Week Tonight.
I mean, that's basically guaranteed if you're requiring the governor to be involved in each and every decision.
Doesn't sound too crazy, right?
As a person in a country where even people serving sentences in prison have the right to vote, let alone people who have already completed their sentences, that does sound crazy. The only way you can lose your right to vote here is if you're convicted of voter/electoral fraud.
The loss of voting rights for felons is done on a state by state basis and some states are absolutely atrocious about it. We have a couple of states that never strip rights and allow prisoners to vote. Most strip the rights of people who are incarcerated and return them when their parole is over. There are some states that are absolutely punitive and seldom if ever restore even the best former convict's rights. As someone who became a felon at 17 (troubled childhood lead to troubled youth) I thankfully live in a state where I can vote. As a 45 yr old man who became a father and contributing member of society after my trouble I see voting as essential to feeling like a citizen. Hell, I've even worked on multiple local, state, and national campaigns and had a moment where I hung out with my favorite presidential primary candidate ever during the campaign (some old Jewish guy with a Brooklyn accent). Treat people with humanity and a bit of care and they'll often respond in kind. The way we treat prisoners in the US is grotesque and inhuman.
Welcome to America. We've done our best not to live up to the Constitution.
In Florida (OP's gf graduated at UF), we just passed an amendment to allow people who were convicted of felonies to vote again after completing their sentence -- part of the second chance that Manisbutaworm mentioned. Florida is one of the very few states that permanently revokes these peoples' right to vote (among other rights).
A vote in Florida recently restored voting rights to convicts after their time has been served.
"Yet Rick Scott’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner recently said he thinks he needs “direction” from legislators before taking action. And legislators are hemming and hawing"
This. They could provide lists of ex-felons who couldn't vote easily. Now all of a sudden they are not giving that information.
I cried when I heard I could vote, and now they are dragging their feet.
I sincerely wish her well going forward with that felony. I have a friend who needed to get pardoned before he could get so much as a loan.
Getting a job will be the most difficult part.
It sucks, people try to change their life and don't get hired, then only shady people will hire them and they will get sucked back into situations that might get them back in jail. We need a better system
Sadly leaving the ones that keep getting turned away to go back to what they did to get into jail in the first place. It's how the for-profit prison system prefers it.
As a fellow federal felon myself, I wish your fiance a lot of luck finding a good job. I don't mean that sarcastically. Being a felon stays with you for life.
Shouldn’t your username be out of the pen?
Based on recidivism rates their username is accurate.
Got sentenced well over 10 years ago and never even been close to being back in, but I won't lie when I say the negative effect of having a felony makes you seriously not give a flying fuck sometimes.
This is what the tough on crime types don't understand. If you're not interested in welcoming a person back into society after they've paid their debt, then you're removing the incentive they have to change their life.
Right there with you got a degree but also have a felony drug charge. I got hired at so many places then they ask about it and deny me. Sucks .
I talk about this with close friends and family.
It does not feel real being strung out.
My high school graduation feels more recent than my struggles with substances, even though it took place seven years after I finished high school.
Your fiance is a trooper and a scholar.
Does being a bank robber get you college street cred?
Bank robbery. No weapon.
Wait, hold up. How does that work? Do you just roll up and tell them to give you the money? What prevents them from simply laughing at you and calling security to throw you out?
Do you care enough about your $12 an hour bank teller job to question whether or not a strung out junky has a knife or a gun in their pants and is ready to end you?
I sure as fuck wouldn’t. I’d help them carry it to their car if they threatened. It’s fucking insured anyhow.
I think these places tell the employees to comply anyways because like you said they have the insurance
They encourage you to comply. The liability is not worth it when it will just cost a little of the managers time to deal with police and the insurance company to receive the money lost.
It has fuckall to do with how much the employees care anyway. Bank employees are instructed to not resist bank robbery. The police can deal with it later and the money is insured.
If you get passed that note demanding all your money (which is how most bank robberies happen, actual armed robbery is rare), you hand over the cash. You get the robber out the door as quick as possible, then you call the police.
From what I understand most bank employees are told to just comply with robbery attempts as a damage control procedure.
This is the right answer. Banks have insurance for that kind of thing.
Could have just titled this post, "After growing up in Florida, my fiancé graduates with a Bachelor's"
I was thinking the same
She looks young.
That’s because she is.
What can I say, middle school was a rough time for all of us
I had to do a double take because the pic looked almost exactly like a girl I dated in HS, and the description sounded the same.
When I met her, in grade 10, she had already been a coke addict for 3 years. Since middle school. Turns out I remembered her class from middle school too, there were always kids standing on the desks and shouting and causing a riot, we thought they were the developmentally handicapped class. But it was her, starting riots, after snorting coke off the desk.
Where the fuck does a middleschooler get enough money to fund a coke addiction?
Probably don't want to know that answer.
right after I posted the comment I realized that the answer could be hella dark, turns out it was just guys who thought she was an angel giving it to her though so pretty light actually.
Haha wow. I had to pay for my drugs :(
I mean. I paid with money, not my body.. but shit, why couldn’t I have been an angel!!
At first I thought your comment was made up, but no shit, I guess her story was really light :)
According to what she told me, and it could all be complete BS for all I know, this group of guys she hung out with just gave it to her. I mean it's not that expensive to feed a coke habit to an 80lb 13yo. She swears she never sold herself or anything like that, and honestly I kinda believed that. The guys were on a ton of drugs too, she said they started to get kinda religious/crazy and thought she was an "angel"... it was some weird shit man.
Can definitely believe this went to a rave once, and some guy was high out of his mind thought I was an Egyptian god sent by Ra to protect him
Sounds like an interesting school.
Oh wow! That’s crazy shit. I dated someone who had first shot up drugs at age 13... I didn’t have my first drink till u was 16. And didn’t have an addiction until I was 19/20
I'm interested in how you guys met with OP being in Sweden and this girl spending the last 11 years in prison and college in Florida.
Through the magic of bullshit
Congratulations to her and all, but would she appreciate having her picture on the internet with a big headline that says she's a former addict who did 5 years in the pen?
If that were me, it'd be the kind of thing I'd be looking to not have broadcast all over the place.
Since OP probably has no idea who this person in the picture is, I doubt she even knows yet
Highly probable. Apparently a year ago she was his wife who allowed him to bring his entire gaming setup to his in-laws so he wouldn’t get bored.
Yes I didn’t wanna be that guy but I felt like broadcasting on the internet that my fiancé was a bank robber and drug addict isn’t the most believable thing
As a former drug addict I say it's more common then you'd think. Alot of us wear it like a badge of honor like "look what I've done despite this set back".
But this case seems like B.S.
In dude's defense, it's possible he was visiting his fiancee's parents and just decided to go with "in-laws" as we don't have a great, succinct phrase for "fiancee's parents." But maybe he's just full of shit.
I refer to my fiance's parents as in-laws when I'm talking to coworkers or people I don't know all that well. definitely a possibility
Well he just said in-laws so if they're engaged its not crazy for him to refer to them as that even if they're not married yet.
Well if it's some random photograph of someone else, that's extremely cruel for who ever's in the photograph.
Lmao yeah this does not read right. Why would you air all their dirty laundry like that
Who gives a shit when you can get worthless internet points at the expense of other people, right?
It really will fuck your life up. I know a guy who was on the local news for getting arrested while blacked out, can't get jobs because when you google his name his mugshot and the news story pop up. Employers are just like "make it so that doesn't come up as a search result and we'll hire you.. but until then no." They don't care about the crime or his past its the fact that its on the internet that's the dealbreaker.
Don’t stress about it, 99% of the pics on reddit that say “This is my brother, mother, father, in the 80’s, as a hipster, in the 90’s, grandparents and today is their 90th anniversary...” are all lies.
Well, she doesn’t look old enough to have all that under her belt, so I’m going to assume it’s bullshit. Unless she was addicted to meth and got clean at 15.
I could definitely believe she's in her 30s; that'd give her plenty of time (30-11=19 years old) assuming she got clean in prison.
Yeah but... the karma
Lol OP you’re a lying sack of shit
A year ago OP was posting about his wife 🤔 and now this is his fiancé? Something doesn’t add up here.
Also in the pictures of watches, one hand has a tattoo in the lower right corner and in the video of an owl no tattoo... they’re all slightly different white male hands.
This should be deleted asap
Serious question...how would one get a corporate job with a felony record? Does second chances extend beyond education?
To tag on to this, I’d love to know what the degree is in. I’m trying to think of a career path that wants a bachelors degree AND is cool with a felony conviction. I’m not letting myself dwell too much on it, though, because being Reddit, 95% chance OP Googled “graduation photo” and made this post with a randomly chosen pic.
I was wondering that as well. A felony robbery conviction would probably make it very difficult to get a lot of jobs.
My wife has multiple felonies (for drugs, when she was young). She is now 13 years sober and a project manager at her corporation. Her project brings in the 3rd most revenue for the multimillion dollar Corp, or of a few hundred different projects. Second chances outside of education do happen. She was lucky to get the chance, but exceeded at everything they have given her. I couldn't be more proud of the person she has become.
This is so fake
Thanks for posting a picture of a lady holding a graduation cap
Easily one of the worst subs on Reddit
And the subscribers here lap it up like a cat with a catnip milkshake.
Complete with the paragraph title explaining why we should care. Like good for her and everything, drugs are horrible and it's great to escape their grip, but the picture itself is boring as fuck and belongs on Facebook without the title.
Lol people really believe this. Grats on the karma.
I don't see how people believe this shit. Just look at the OP's profile. People like that are pure trash.
Musta really fucked up to get 5 years.
Good on you for posting her face along with keywords like drug, addiction, bank robbery and prison. So good for future interviews and jobs.
How do you google someone's face
"OKAY GOOGLE, FACE SCAN"
It’ll be google reverse image searchable within the next year or two
Yandex is lightyears ahead of google image search, especially in the facial recognition department. I am consistently blown away by its ability to find other pictures of people whose portrait I upload, in contexts that are completely different and when there's not even a name associated with the images it returns. Google's reverse image technology for some reason can't really seem to isolate on a face, even when you specify you want a facial search.
edit: here's a comparison based on OP's picture.
Google's reverse search returns a page of hits that return this exact photo, but only because they are either linked to this comment thread or to automated re-posting sites that have just re-posted this image in the past couple of hours. But if you look at the 'similar' photos it returns, they are nothing like OP's photo.
Yandex isn't able to find the same photo anywhere, but its 'similar' looking photos are surprisingly close. The closest match is even someone who graduated from the same university.
Alternate title, ‘Picture of girl’.
Is she moving to Sweden to live with you and your in-laws now?
Hopefully this karma whoring won't actually affect whoever is really in the picture. Reddit should remove points from accounts who habitually post this fake stuff.
This isn’t facebook. I’m tired of seeing this type of shit.
Woman holding graduation cap.
This sub sucks
I didn't struggle. 40k updoots please
Man i wish i could afford a drug addiction, lawyers, no job for 5 years, THEN pay for college. Sounds like a true hollywood motivational story about how money fixes everything.
Too bad OP is going to rehab for Karma addiction
Divorced and engaged again before a year had passed, huh? Because a year ago you were married and staying with in-laws. Or did you pick this poor unsuspecting girls picture to tell a bullshit story for karma and make it so "addict" and "ex-con" labels are attached to her on the internet?
Yo no one gives a fuck, get this crap out of here
What's disturbing is the amount of people who wholeheartedly believe this. Of course that's partly why the US is in the mess it is right now.
If I add up addiction problems (let's say 2 years), 6 years of dedication and 5 years of prison, that makes 13 years.
The girl on the picture is maybe 25, so she had to start at 12 years old?
Somehow I am not buying this story....
Lies like this are not conducive at all to recovering felons and/or addicts. This lady didn't do a 5 year stretch. Prove me wrong and I'll give 2500 dollars to the charity of your choice, with proof. I work voluntarily with people rebuilding their own sustainability, and survivability. Ive met some incredible people. It would be rare for me to be so outspoken but this post raised a little anger in me. This story is a lie. And my offer stands. And I hope I'm wrong. I'm not
A 1000x this. This time last year he was supposedly married to someone else crashing at their parents house in Sweden. Posts like this are what he does and it works. Don't hate the playa I guess lol.
What was your conviction, if you dont mind my asking? Were you unable to get a first offender plea? After that long i believe there are ways to get it expunged as well. Pm me if you dont want to post it publicly.
In Florida, convicted felons will be able to vote again depending on their individual circumstances. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/6/18052374/florida-amendment-4-felon-voting-rights-results
welcome to facebook
Good for her, but kinda makes me feel shitty.
UF denied my transfer application last week. Clean record. Military veteran. 3.85 GPA. 84 credits on my transcript. Just feeling salty about it since colleges dont give a reason.
Honestly, it is probably the credits. Probably had similar people to you that they could make more money off of, keep grinding dude.
UF admissions is the dumbest organ of the university. You shouldn’t feel bad about it. Plus they get less money when you have all those credits too.
If you want to apply to transfer there again, I'd recommend applying to a program that's easier to get into (e.g. College of Agriculture vs College of Arts and Sciences). You can change your major and college once you're in. I was able to transfer by doing that. Good luck!
Does she know you're airing her dirty laundry? 🤔
This isn’t your Facebook.
How was she admitted to UF with a criminal history? UF is a relatively selective school (middle 50% for the ACT is 28-32). They don’t just admit anyone.
Edit: Woah, first silver for this?
She did a pre requisite course in con college
Gator don't play no shit.
This isn't your facebook. Stop.
It’s never gonna stop until people stop upvoting it or the mods start removing it.
Good job at making the world know she’s an ex con and addict. You know that what’s on internet is there forever, and that reverse image search exist right? Either you’re dumb, or this is actually your ex girlfriend and you deliberately want to harm her.
And so Jerri Blank finished college and lived happily ever after.
Now she'll have to really rob banks with her student debt creeping in
Ok, are we supposed to be impressed?
go back to facebook
This is a really pathetic karma grab story. I sure hope the person in this picture has signed off on you farming her struggles for internet points. Also, Congrats? I got my degree without doing drugs and robbing banks, wheres my pat on the back?