CA RSOL supports AB 218

CA RSOL strongly supports the passing of AB 218 in the California Legislature. This bill would remove questions about criminal convictions from public job applications, postponing them until later in the hiring process. 

Through your support of AB 218, the State of California can begin to unlock employment opportunities for thousands of residents and help them obtain the second chance they deserve, thereby,significantly improving public safety and reducing the current recidivism rate. AB 218 was approved by the Assembly on May 30, 2013, and is now under consideration in the Senate.  The bill was approved by the Labor & Industrial Relations Committee on June 26, 2013, and then referred to the Committee on Judiciary, which you lead, before it can be considered by the full Senate.  

Attached please see more details about the bill as well as a letter sent to the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feel free to use this letter as a guide to express your support for this bill.

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I applaud the effort here. But aren’t felons–much less registrants–barred from all state and local government employment by law? The fact that they don’t ask about felony convictions until later in the hiring process only delays the inevitable. I’ll be happy to be corrected.

I recently came across a useful tool for people with questions about what is off limits based their conviction. Say for example; you want to know what types of professional license or type of employment you are excluded from. Unfortunately it’s not a resource for what you can do, only what you cant.

National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction

Outstanding law proposal that puts people in the opportunity to
work…build self esteem ..the work keeping people busy and away
from trouble ..contributes back to society with dignity that this kind of proposed law can provide…its greatly needed.

Almost any job has probationary initial (how ya doing) work detail…
…..let that be the test for full time hire……..putting people to work
reduces crime greatly ……..its a win win for humanity.

You know… It would show proof that the reason they were fired is their criminal record… Its better then not making it past the hiring review because of the criminal record..