‘Offender Contender’ modeled after ‘Motor Voter’
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is carrying another bill that seeks to reduce the recidivism rate for ex-offenders by improving their job prospects. Assembly Bill 1844 would require the Corrections Department to make state job application forms available to inmates.
Modeled after the enormously successful and cost effective National Voter Registration Act of 1993 or “Motor Voter” program, the bill has been dubbed “The ‘Offender Contender’ Anti-Crime Act of 2012” by the author.
Dickinson presented the Bill as a companion measure to AB 1831, currently pending committee action, prohibiting public agencies from inquiring about criminal history on job applications.
Just as common sense says reformed criminals should be permitted to apply for civil service jobs, making applications available to them in our jails and prisons makes sense too–Under this proposal, prisons are to applying for a state job what DMV offices are to applying to vote. Guards would be charged with distributing the documents to interested inmates and route them to the appropriate agency once the application is completed…(Full text at Sacramento Bee)