Convicted Felon Denied Permission For Out Of Town Job

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Wichita, KAN. -- Quinton Blackshire is a convicted felon. And he's nearing the end of his three year sentence in community corrections for possession of drugs with intent to sell.

Blackshire has a fiancée and children. He says he's paying his fines and staying off drugs. He had a great job with a local glass company until the company needed him to go out of town. The judge said no and now Blackshire is out of a job. If he doesn't find a job by late January he has to go back to court and within four months he could be sent to prison.

"I feel like my back is against the wall," said Blackshire. "I haven't been committing any crimes, I haven't been using any drugs. I'm an active member of my family taking care of my kids"

Corrections officials tell KAKE news felons must report often to their probation officers and in some states they must register when they enter. Both can make travel for a job difficult.
They point on Blackshire's job was several states away and would take days to complete. The judge, who denied Blackshire permission to take the hob has since retired. Blackshire said he hopes his attorney will try again with another judge.

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