While doing 11 years in a New York prison, Marc La Cloche picked up some barbering skills. Now that he's out, he wants into the trade. The New York Times reports on his sad struggle for acceptance into New York's haircutting community post-prison:
In 2000, as he prepared to be freed, he applied for a required state license. He was denied it. But that decision was reversed when reviewed by a hearing officer. For a while after his release, Mr. La Cloche worked in a Midtown barber shop.
That job did not last long.
New York's secretary of state, who has jurisdiction in these matters, appealed the granting of the license and won. Mr. La Cloche's "criminal history," an administrative law judge ruled, "indicates a lack of good moral character and trustworthiness required for licensure."
In plain language, the fact that Mr. La Cloche had been in prison proved that he was unworthy for the trade that the state itself taught him in prison.