Kentucky a leader in criminal justice

A criminal record can have dire implications for job seekers in many areas of the United States. Recently, however, Kentucky introduced legislation in an effort to ease the way for persons attempting to find work and support their families after serving out sentences.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that in January 2016, the Kentucky House approved House Bill 40 with broad bipartisan support. Prior to this bill, a Kentucky resident charged with a violation or misdemeanor could seek to have his or her charges expunged from public record five years after completing the associated sentence. The new legislation allows persons convicted of Class D felonies to do the same.

It is important to note that there are some exclusions. For example, the right to expungement was not extended to those convicted of human trafficking, crimes against children and sex offenses. Nevertheless, this bill represents a more compassionate approach to people who are struggling to rebuild their lives after serving sentences for a wide array of felonies.

According to the Center for American Progress, this bill makes the state a leader in reforming its criminal justice system at a time when this issue is facing challenges on the national front. Despite roadblocks in the United States Congress, Kentucky’s legislation is an important step forward in a nation where $87 billion in gross domestic product and 1.9 million workers are lost annually because of barriers to hiring employees with criminal records.

Recent research has shown that there are a number of benefits to allowing people with criminal records to have easier access to the workforce. For instance, this practice decreases taxpayer expenditures with respect to both public welfare programs and criminal justice. In addition, the introduction of these workers can improve local and state economies. Finally, a more open-minded approach to workers with criminal records also can promote safety, security and stability for their children. This is an important point given that a significant proportion of children in the United States now have one or more parents with criminal records and may face tremendous disadvantages if those parents cannot find work.   

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact our attorneys today We Are Ready To Listen

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Gatlin Voelker,PLLC

Gatlin Voelker, PLLC
2500 Chamber Center Dr.
Ste. 203
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

Phone: 859-905-0946
Fax: 888-456-9179
Map & Directions

Call : 859-905-0946