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Before the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections hires anyone, they always do a background check, so I am surprised that they did not do a background check when they first hired you.
If there is nothing in your background that would cause you concern, then I believe that if you refused to file for a Clearance, they could use that as an excuse to fire you. Even if they did find something in your background, they would not make you pay back your bonus because it is something you already earned.
As for running a credit check, that has become standard practice among most employers in today's job market. This gives them a better idea if the individual is responsible, or not. They do not place as much emphasis on the amount of credit that you have as they do on whether or not you pay your bills on time. If you have some late payments, but you can explain the reason for the late payment, that is fine also. Everybody has a late payment now and then, we are human and we are not perfect. So, please do not think that this is something that they will use as an excuse to fire you because it is not an excuse at all and it certainly would not disqualify you from receiving Unemployment Compensation Benefits.
If you feel that there is something that you want to explain to the warden, then by all means, you should feel free to do so,
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