A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

08 Dec: Lesniak-Cunningham Bill To Help Ex-Offenders Find Employment Passes Law And Public Safety Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Raymond J. Lesniak and Sandra Bolden Cunningham that would aid certain ex-offenders in gaining employment was approved unanimously today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Releasing prisoners into a society that places unnecessary roadblocks to employment increases the chances they will be back in prison sooner or later,” said Senator Lesniak (D-Union). “It is time we remove the archaic prohibition on any employment by an ex-offender in an establishment holding a liquor license. Reducing the rate of recidivism not only saves the cost of imprisonment, it also makes for safer neighborhoods in our communities.”