Generally, I believe that ex-offenders should be given a chance to work once they've paid their debt to society(although I don't believe that prison is the most cost or program effective tool for repaying societal debt).
But, perhaps with the socially correct intention of giving an ex-offender another chance, the nonprofit Waterbury Chamber of Commerce hired the former govenor of CT. Unfortunately, this nonprofit appears not to have many policies guiding the hiring of ex-offenders, also it is unclear if the proper management or governance supervision is in place to ensure that all benefit from an otherwise appropriate practice.
Closing In on Rowland. Feds Raid Waterbury Chamber Office. Investigators
by Kevin Rennie
Federal investigators today raided the offices of the Greater Waterbury
Chamber of Commerce and left with the business association’s computers, Daily
Ructions has learned. This will add more bad news to the prospects of felonious
former Governor John G. Rowland, who is the subject of a federal criminal
investigation of his dealings with Republican congressional hopeful Lisa
Wilson-Foley and her family nursing home business.
Rowland, who was paid $5,000 a month to provide consulting services to the
Foley and Wilson-Foley family business while “volunteering” for her campaign,
enjoyed a lucrative, hazy contract with the Waterbury business association to
provide economic development services to the city. City officials recently told
the Torrington Register Citizen in response to a Freedom of Information request
that the city possessed no records of Rowland’s activities.
The federal investigation of Rowland, first reported here on June 18th,
appears to be growing more intense.
Board note to management and self: good ideas demand good policies and oversight!