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The Consequences Of Being A Criminal

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Why obey the law? A better question would be: why not obey the law? All our lives we have been taught to do the right thing in bad situations. As children, this worked well; but, as we got older, we found that doing the wrong thing pays off. As they say, crime pays. This may be true in the short run, but it isn't so in the long run. Straying from crime not only keeps you out of jail, but it can help build better relationships, create a more fulfilling life, and more importantly, assist you in leaving something behind when you go. Do you really want to take more from the world than you give? Think about it - we wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for people who decided that right is better than wrong. I know you've heard it all before, but at some point, you've got to do some changing. I won't go on about things you don't care about, like how your endangering yourself, but I will try to open your eyes to a new perspective on the matter.
Practically all the men in our family have been to jail - do you really want to be one of them? As much as you don't like your Dad, do you really want to be like him? I've been to jail Nathan, and it's not a fun place. Of course i only went for a day on two occassions, it still surely wasn't how i wanted to spend those afternoons. This is not to mention the aftermath. What happens after you get out of jail is even worse than when your inside. Going to court is a huge problem for anyone, especially those still in school, like yourself. You have to take time off of school and work, deal with a scared mother, pay court costs, and then deal with sentencing - which can mean even more jail time. Furthermore, once your finally out, you'll probably end up going right back in. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 states in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime”(Office of Justice Program). On top of all this, you have to manage getting a job with a record. No one wants to hire someone who's been locked up, simple as that. In fact, ex-offenders are only one-half to one-third as likely as nonoffenders to be considered by employers (Ruben). Along with that, approximately two-thirds (69%) of organizations reported that they conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates(Background Checking). In a nut shell, most jobs you'll apply for will find out about your record, and you could very well not get the job. So, just like that, you could ruin the rest of your life in one decision.
If you surround yourself with criminals, bad things are bound to happen. Not all people who break the law are bad people, i know, but nothing good can come of hanging around them. The people you meet while on the straight and narrow are far better for you than those you meet while living the life you live now. The feeling that you can't truly...

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