Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Assistance for Former Inmates
There are many barriers facing former inmates when seeking vocational licenses, entrepreneurship, and employment upon re-entry into their communities. There are few programs available to assist these former inmates in returning to society after serving their sentence. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is a prime example of how these programs can successfully train inmates on how to make the transition from an inmate to a valued member of the business community. To further this cause, I have introduced House Bills 799, 797 and 1188 which will work to better inform inmates of challenges they will face upon the completion of their sentence, and help to increase inmates' employment opportunities by reducing employers' liability for hiring former inmates. You can find more information on this issue and my proposed legislation here.