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MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR PASSING THE FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT ACT

MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR PASSING THE FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT ACT
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 6, 2016) – Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin applauded the Connecticut General Assembly for passage of The Fair Chance Employment Act (HB 5237). The legislation, which passed in the State House of Representatives last week, was approved in the State Senate on Wednesday.
 
“Support for The Fair Chance Employment Act from both chambers of the State legislature sends a strong message that Connecticut remains committed to leading the nation on criminal justice reform,” said Mayor Bronin. “This bill recognizes that past mistakes, particularly those mistakes made during youth, should not be a permanent barrier to employment. The Fair Chance Employment Act will help us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records.”
 
Also known as a “ban the box” measure, the bill would ensure that prospective employees are not required to disclose any prior convictions until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment to that prospective employee.
 
Nationwide, more than 100 cities and counties — including Hartford — as well as more than 20 states, have adopted “ban the box” policies to encourage employers to put a candidate’s qualifications first. At the federal level, President Barack Obama backed a “ban-the-box” policy in directing federal agencies to wait until later in the hiring process to look into job applicants’ records.
 
The Fair Chance Employment Act will be presented to Gov. Malloy, who is expected to sign the measure.
 
Mayor Bronin is also encouraging businesses in Hartford to sign President Obama’s “Fair Chance Business Pledge.” The pledge is a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and create a pathway for second chances.
 
“I’ve spoken to countless business owners throughout Hartford who have made a conscious commitment to look beyond an individuals past mistakes,” said Mayor Bronin. “They’ve told me that, often, returning citizens are their hardest workers, because they know how far they’ve come, how hard they’ve had to work to get there, and how much they have to lose.”
 
Today, one-in-three American adults have some criminal record, according to the Center for American Progress. A conviction record reduces the likelihood of a follow-up interview or job offer by nearly one-half, according to the Council of State Governments.
 
Research shows that fair chance employment policies are good for business. The decreased output of goods and services from those with criminal records results in an estimated $57 to $65 billion in losses to our national economy annually, according to a Center for Economic and Policy Research study.
• Click here for more on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge”: http://1.usa.gov/26v3IE0

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