New Alabama law could make it easier for reformed criminals to get jobs
April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Once upon a time, a new law signed over the weekend by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey could have helped Casmarah Mani.
(WALA) – Once upon a time, a new law signed over the weekend by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey could have helped Casmarah Mani. “I raised a lot of hell when I was a younger person,” the Mobile man said. The new law is known as the REDEEMER Act. It’s an acronym and a mouthful – Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment and Eliminate Recidivism Act. It allows for people convicted of misdemeanor offenses and certain nonviolent felonies to have their records expunged.
The law signed over the weekend goes much further. “When they put that felony on that application, most employers have a hang-up about hiring them. ,” Mani said.
Judges will make the determination based on factors like the nature of the offense and how long ago it occurred. Robert Clopton, president of the Mobile County chapter of the NAACP, said it will make the transmission from incarceration easier. “People should not be held accountable (for) every mistake that they made in their life, for their entire life, if it was a minor mistake,” he said. Mobile City Council President Levon Manzie, a strong proponent of the “ban the box” movement, welcomed the new law. “The governor’s support of this positive,” he said.