Los Angeles County may soon join the City of Los Angeles and others around the country in making it easier for people who have been released from prison to find employment. Two motions approved by the Board of Supervisors direct county officials to recommend standards for establishing “fair chance” ordinances in L.A. County.
The ordinances, which would apply to county government, businesses that contract with the county and businesses that operate in unincorporated L.A. County, would do away with restrictions on employment that are based solely on prior criminal records.
This could include such policies as not asking job seekers about criminal convictions until a conditional offer of employment is made, giving them an opportunity to appeal if an offer is rescinded and fining businesses that repeatedly flout the guidelines.
”Once someone has paid his or her debt to society, they ought to be afforded the opportunity to become productive citizens in the context of their respective communities,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said during discussion of the motions on Tuesday.
If adopted, Los Angeles County’s ordinances would follow similar policies that have been put in place elsewhere.
Source: LA Times