Three bills are signed into law with the hope of giving those who served in prison a better chance at making it once they’re released.
“[This] focuses on opening up opportunities for employment for those who are re-entering society, right now we don’t do a very good job, frankly,” admitted Governor John Carney.
The goal of the package of bills signed by Carney is to reduce the impact of one’s criminal history when they’re applying for a professional license from the boards of massage and bodywork, plumbing, HVAC and refrigeration examiners, and electrical examiners.
“Our recidivism rate now it’s well over 50 percent, at about 64 percent–that means that every other one who was released from prison is back within three years, that’s not a very good record,” said Carney.
Representative Melissa Minor-Brown sponsored one of the bills signed into law Monday, August 12, 2019.
“We’re allowing people to get jobs, jobs that are sustainable jobs to allow people to take care of themselves, take care of their families, and keep a job with a license with a professional license,” said Minor-Brown.
She adds that it all starts by ensuring that prisons are true forms of rehabilitation, that when people get out they have to have the tools needed to re-enter into society including knowing how to create a resume, dressing for an interview, and finding resources. Minor-Brown added the General Assembly is not done its work in this arena.