CanadianWolf wrote:Agree, but some states restrict employers from asking about convictions beyond a certain number of years (e.g., 10 years from the completion of all requirements of one's sentence).
It all depends on the state; although, most don't provide very strong protections against employment discrimination based on prior criminal convictions. For example, in Wisconsin, under the Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating in hiring decisions based on an applicant’s arrest or criminal record on the same basis as age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, and ancestry. So, essentially, a prior criminal record is treated the same as a protected class in Wisconsin. But Wisconsin is definitely NOT the typical state.
CanadianWolf wrote:Some states allow convicted felons to vote, while others don't. First step toward change , in my opinion, is to allow all convicted felons the right to vote upon completion of all sentence requirements.
I agree with that. (Should include the right to vote in federal elections as well.) I heard in some European countries they even let felons vote while they're in prison. Wouldn't really ever expect something like that to happen here, but the disenfranchisement of all felons even after they complete their sentence is kind of ridiculous.
CanadianWolf wrote:As far as job placement for felons after completing job training, tax credits would be a strong incentive.
Michigan does something like this. (Although, Michigan needs to do that because of Detroit.)