Boston Globe: For job-seekers, the past is close behind

Authors: Green For All

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MBTA station in Dorchester, MA

PHOTO: Bus stop in Dorchester, MA - Frankh, Wikimedia Commons

The young man stood outside a street corner office, near a shelter for drug-addicted prostitutes, a boarded-up natural herbs store, a Bus 19 stop. He had left home early that summer morning, crossing Dorchester to pick up his 4-year-old son and take him on a 3-mile bus ride to preschool, then returned home alone to get ready for this.

He'd put on a pressed blue shirt and an oversized Red Sox cap, and before heading off, grabbed the backpack in which he'd stuffed the papers he would need.

His resume. And a copy of his criminal record.

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