In 1998, Vass landed a full-time job as a placement specialist with the Maryland Job Service, part of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. He had the job - and liked it - for five years. But his position was eliminated in 2003 when the office was phased out.
In the time since then, Vass has been looking for full-time work.
And - you ready for this? - wasting more time in jail.
His estranged wife accused him of stabbing her in March 2004, Vass says, and he was unable to post bail. The charge was false, Vass says, and a jury believed him. He was found him not guilty in July 2005.