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Key Senate Committee Passes Booker’s Fair Chance Act

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on October 08, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Press release from the office of U.S. Senator Corey Booker on October 7.

WASHINGTON —  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the Fair Chance Act, a bipartisan bill led by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to give formerly incarcerated individuals a fairer chance at employment.  Other cosponsors include Sen. Joni Ernst(R-IA), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

"The committee’s passage of the Fair Chance Act today is a testament to the growing bipartisan support for reforms that break down barriers to hiring people who’ve paid their debt to society and are looking to turn their lives around,” said Sen. Booker. “There are millions of Americans with records who are too often passed over by employers without considering their skills or qualifications. This collateral consequence only increases the likelihood of recidivism at great cost to taxpayers and communities in New Jersey and across the country. Rethinking our approach to criminal justice – including what happens to individuals who want to become productive members of society -- will save taxpayer dollars and restore America’s promise as a nation of liberty and justice.”

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