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  • Should Criminal Histories Disqualify Someone From Ever Attaining A Job?

    Posted Oct 11th, 2013 By in Criminal Law With | Comments Off on Should Criminal Histories Disqualify Someone From Ever Attaining A Job?

    California is paving the way for allowing criminals to reenter society through joining the workforce. A bill was signed that makes employers make hiring decisions based on qualifications before criminal histories:

    California, with the most state and local government employees in the U.S., won’t ask job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime, in recognition that growing numbers in the workforce have such records.

    A bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown requires that state and municipal governments first determine if an applicant is qualified for the job before asking if he or she has a criminal past. It doesn’t stop the agency from doing so later nor does it prohibit background checks before hiring.

    California’s law was a victory for civil-rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders to lower employment barriers nationwide. An estimated 1-in-4 adult Californians has an arrest or conviction record, according to the bill’s author, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, a Sacramento Democrat. Advocates say the criminal history question has a chilling effect at a time when U.S. unemployment tops 7 percent and 65 million Americans have spent time behind bars.

    “The problem of people with criminal records is at a critical point,” said Michelle Rodriguez, staff attorney for the National Employment Law Project, which advocates for low-wage workers. “We have huge numbers of people who can’t get work and at the same time more and more people who have gone through the criminal justice system.”

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