State Sen. Dale Righter is co-sponsoring jobs reform legislation that focuses on helping reduce the tendency of convicted criminals to commit another crime, and ensuring neglected areas in communities receive honest advantages when it comes to tax increment finance (TIF) revenues.
Senate Bill 2282 provides protection for employers, specifically negligent-hiring liability, when they employ an individual with a nonviolent, nonsexual criminal conviction.
“By offering this protection, employers may be more inclined to hire someone released from prison,” Righter said. “The best way to address our prison overpopulation and issues with our criminal justice system is to keep people from committing and recommitting crimes. And the best way to do avoid prison is having a job. If more employers hire these individuals, it not only helps our state by reducing recidivism, but most importantly, it gives these individuals a sense of purpose and responsibility.”