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Anonymous ( -
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 2:50 pm:   

This might be a stupid question, but my spouse served 1 year in prison/work-release ten years ago for a crime that was non-violent. My spouse has TOTALLY turned her life around and has never had a problem since (nor had she before). It was mostly a "being friends with the wrong people" sort of crime.

Is there any room for reform and salvation in the Peace Corps application process? If she has letters praising her up and down from employers, etc. would that be enough?

How far back does the "background" check go?

RPCV ( -
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 4:17 pm:   

It would depend on the crime (misdemeanor A, B or C or felony?). I assume it was not the lowest level misdemeanor given the jail time, but this doesn not automatically preclude service. Whatever the case, spell it out as requested on the application form as the FBI finger print search should identify any arrests - i.e., not just convictions or pleas of "no contest".

The application form would include information as to whether a certain crime disqualifies the applicant. If not, it sounds like she has a great shot at it.

You could also call the PC office in Washington, ask for volunteer recruiting and ask the question anonymously. Or contact via

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