|Resolutions on Fair Hiring Practices for People with a Record of Justice Systems contact||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Guy Gambill (gambillgt1yahoo.com)|
|Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 05:26:11 -0800 (PST)|
Greetings, On December 6, 2006 the St. Paul City Council will be voting on the Fair Hiring Practices Resolution that would seek to foster a closer adherence to Chapter 364 of the Minnesota State Statutes. Chapter 364 provides prohibitions against discriminatory practice for people with a record of criminal justice contact who are seeking public employment. The Statute stipulates that applicants must be accorded the opportunity to provide evidence of rehabilitation and the opportunity to explain their circumstances. The Statute does not apply to law enforcement or fire department personnel. Council Member Debbie Montgomery will introduce the Resolution for a vote at 3:30 on December 6th in Main Council Chambers at St. Paul City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee of the Minneapolis City Council will discuss the Minneapolis version of the Resolution on December 18th at 1:30 pm. In Minneapolis, Council Member Elizabeth Glidden is the sponsor of this important action. The proposed Resolution will be introduced by Council Member Glidden on December 18 in Main Council Chambers, third floor of Minneapolis City Hall. These actions, stemming out of the Council on Crime and Justice's 5 year Racial Disparity Initiative, which culminated in the widely attended day-long Forum (750 people attended) held at MCTC, are a much needed correction to deepening racial disparities in the Minnesota criminal justice system. In 2004 the MN Department of Corrections released its annual statistical assessment of a growing problem. During the course of the preceeding 5 years the number of those in prison increased by 45%. Over 24% of all inmates were incarcerated for drug offenses. A good chunk of the total prison population are incarcerated for non-violent offenses. While African-Americans constitute 3.5% of the State's population, they represent over 34% of those incarcerated. For Native Americans the numbers are, respectively, 1% and 7%. A large body of national and local research points to the fact that employment at a living wage is one of the singlemost effective deterrants to recidivism. Therefore, giving ex-offenders a Second Chance is not just an act of compassion, it is just plain a reasoned measure that will serve to enhance public safety. We enjoin all concerned community members to attend both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Council meetings to voice support for both versions of the Fair Hiring Practices Resolutions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Guy Gambill Council on Crime and Justice gambillg [at] crimeandjustice.org --------------------------------- Access over 1 million songs - Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
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