If the prison system says it, it must be true(?)
LANSING MI–WILX Channel 10 reports the Michigan House of Representatives approved legislation “that aims to improve job opportunities for former prisoners on parole.”
“The House unanimously passed two bills Tuesday that would allow the Michigan Department of Corrections to issue a “certificate of employability” to a parolee who completes a course and doesn’t have a significant misconduct record. The certificate would need to be considered if a board or agency were determining a parolee’s “good moral character.”
A 3rd bill was then passed to “provide legal protections for employers who hire parolees.” All 3 bills are being considered by the state senate where Republican Klint Kesto says the legislation “will help reduce the 78 percent unemployment rate among Michigan prison parolees.”
In Paco’s world, the legislation is a conundrum. That is, if the DOC certifies paroled offenders are employable and “of good moral character,” why must prospective employers be “legally protected?” Do people of good morale character pose a threat to public safety heretofore unknown?
Presumably, employers endeavor to hire people of good morale character as a matter of course. Should employers receive some sort of legal protection for hiring non-parolees of good morale character as well?
No, this is just another silly, feel good measure signifying nothing but good intentions and faulty premises.
Just how likely are employers to hire because the DOC issued a certificate of employability and good character? The general populace historically holds corrections and its employees in low regard–Distrust in corrections is at an all time high…it always is!
“Yeah, I killed those people but that was a long time ago and I have changed. Here’s the certificates to prove it…”