Delaware Politics

Bill Aimed At Helping Ex-Convicts Get Jobs Passes Senate

The state Senate has passed a bill that aims to make it easier for ex-convicts to get a job once they leave jail.

The state Senate has passed a bill that aims to make it easier for ex-convicts to get a job once they leave jail.

House Bill 264 will allow the Department of Correction to hire qualified ex-offenders for a short-term job training program if they demonstrate exceptional job skills.

“The vast majority of offenders will return to their communities, so we have a responsibility to support our economy and improve public safety by ensuring they have an opportunity to contribute as law-abiding citizens,” said Governor Markell. “One of the best indicators of whether individuals will reoffend is whether they have a job. No employer is better positioned to evaluate their capabilities in the workforce than the Department of Correction, so it’s time we remove the hiring restriction preventing the Department from doing so.”

The program would last for up to six months.  It passed both houses of the General Assembly unanimously.

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