In 1986, more than 20- years ago I had a conflict with the law for taking a strip of aluminum from a window to sell for some pocket change; as a result, I was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. Now, several years later, I'm on track to completing a bachelors degree in may of 2013. However, I'm concerned about getting a job in my field because even though I was placed on probation in Texas for a first and only offense, i still feel like a habitual criminal because it's still on my record, and I continue to have to justify why it's there after paying my "debt to society". could this be considered a violation of the 8th amendment, and doesn't this contradict "truth in sentencing"?
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