Governor Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Governor Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills

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WILMINGTON, Del. - With an incarceration rate higher than the national average, Delaware leaders hope some new proposed legislation can help fix the problem.

Gov. Jack Markell signed four reform bills to help ex-convicts in the state make a positive transition back into society decreasing their chances of ending back in the prison system. Changes include short-term employment for ex-offenders at the Department of Corrections.

Also repealing a law that revoked a driver's license for a drug charge if it was not related to a vehicle incident.

"I've known a number of offenders who are challenged to even find a job, but then with the restricted but having to rely on public transportation for jobs I think that is significant," said Charles Madden, executive director of Wilmington HOPE Commission.

Coming up tonight at 10 and 11 PM, 47 ABC's Kelly Rule have more details on what the new justice system reform means for the First State.

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