With the demand for truck drivers at an all time high, a CDL certificate is an option for prison inmates looking for a fresh start.
The Dallas Morning News features the story of a former inmate who found a job as a trucker. After serving a seven-year sentence for aggravated robbery, he was paroled and found work, after earning his CDL behind bars.
Now working for a moving company, he feels that his truck driving career has given him a second chance at being a productive citizen.
The idea of former inmates as truck drivers is not embraced by everyone. Critics fear that putting ex-cons behind the wheel is endangering others they share the road with.
The Houston Chronicle reports on how a quarter of truckers who were faulted for accidents in Texas had prior criminal records. 14 percent had committed drug or alcohol offenses.
What do you think? How do we balance the need for a second chance for former prisoners with the need for road safety? Should truck driving be the choice for ex-cons? Is it unfair to be suspicious of truck drivers who have rap-sheets?
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