New Employment Hope

“Both state legislative chambers passed a bill sponsored by Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, that would allow nonviolent felony offenders to shield their criminal records from potential employers if they earn a high school diploma, associate’s degree, career certificate, vocational technical certification or bachelor’s degree or pass the GED test while serving time or while on mandatory supervised release.

“‘Too often people are not being hired because they are a felon,” Cabello said. “This way, they can hopefully get back into society after paying their debt. They can become a productive member of society and stop that recidivism.'”

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  1. Signed into law! House Bill 3149” target=”_blank”>HOUSE BILL 3419, which was sponsored by state Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, allows non-violent felons the opportunity to immediately petition the court to have their records sealed from potential employers if they complete educational requirements such as a high school diploma, GED, associate’s degree, career certificate, bachelor’s degree or vocational technical certification. An offender can’t participate if he or she previously completed the same education goal. A judge would make the final decision whether the petition is approved and the record is sealed.

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