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Del. HB 97 gives former inmates a better shot at attaining a job in cosmetology/barbering

Del. HB 97 gives former inmates a better shot at attaining a job in cosmetology/barbering

DOVER, Del. - A new bill turned into law in Delaware will improve the chances of an inmate getting a job, after leaving prison. And now the first state is giving second chances.

John Glover, former inmate says, "Everybody has made some sort of mistake. Everybody, nobody is exempt."

Glover knows first hand the struggle of getting a job after doing some time in jail and now House Bill 97 will benefit men and women just like Glover, looking for another opportunity at life. 

This bill modifies the impact of criminal history on an applicant's eligibility for licensure in the cosmetology or barbering program.

The Board is prevented from considering a conviction where more than 10 years have elapsed since date of conviction. It also gives the Board the ability to grant waivers for felony convictions for crimes committed against a person where more than 3 years have passed and more than 2 years have elapsed for other felonies. 

It will also give the Delaware Department of Correction the ability to establish prison barbering training programs. These programs give inmates the opportunity to attain licensure requirements while incarcerated. 

We're told this will give more options for inmates, not just for employment but in life.

"The high rates of re-offending that happens in Delaware and apart of that is because they can't gainful employment and this gives individuals an opportunity to do just that," Governor Carney says. 


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