General Assembly Makes Strides In DE Criminal Justice Reform - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

General Assembly Makes Strides In DE Criminal Justice Reform

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DOVER, Del. - Lawmakers in Delaware made big strides this week for criminal justice reform.

According to reports, the House passed legislation to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society by eliminating the arbitrary loss of a driver's license for crimes that have nothing to do with automobiles. Officials say by removing an obstacle for ex-offenders to find and hold a job, Senate Bill 217 represents the third bill to address employment discrimination against ex-offenders. 

Additionally, the Senate passed legislation to allow the Department of Correction to hire qualified ex-offenders into a short-term job training program and give those who have paid their debt to society a better opportunity to reintegrate into the community.

House Bill 264 reportedly enables the Department to offer employment for up to 6 months to ex-offenders who demonstrate exceptional job skills while enrolled in a Level 4 or Level 5 vocational program, notwithstanding any prior felony convictions.

Both measures will reportedly head to Governor Jack Markell's desk for his signature.

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