“Second Chance” Program For Ex-Felons Gets Bipartisan Support

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The program would help felons leaving prison by giving them a shot at many professional licenses issued by the state.(Photo: Flickr)
The program would help felons leaving prison by giving them a shot at many professional licenses issued by the state.(Photo: Flickr)

Many proposals in Congress and the Ohio legislature split lawmakers along partisan and ideological lines. But there’s a major proposal to help ex-felons that is receiving unusual support across the political spectrum.

Click the play button above to hear Bill Cohen’s report on what’s being called a “second chance” program.

Comments
  • PHThurston

    Good story! It’s especially good to hear support for changing the labels applied to people with a criminal record.

  • dog runner

    This should be a place to start. I think if there was a printed list in the local paper of every crime that is listed as felony offense, there would be pressure to make some IMPORTANT changes. The five degrees of felony offenses alone shows a desperate attempt for judges and lawmakers to pad their resumes to illustrate how “tough on crime” they are. Of course there are also the prosecutors who keep a tally of felonies convictions to use for their career aspirations as well. All the while changing peoples lives and in a sense giving them a life sentence of distrust,a lack of opportunities to better them selves,and poverty. If the bottom line is that one needs a decent wage to be a responsible tax paying, bill paying, adult, then we need to be more responsible with the word felon and what constitutes one. The sigma society places on those who have this label creates no hope for any type of meaningful life. You will not “go places” if you work hard. You will not be able to give your children a “better life” no matter what you do. The pursuit of happiness is blocked with one background check. So if you can’t pay the bills or put food on the table or move forward by moving up in life due to the scarlet letter you bare for life then re-offending is a STATE CREATED PROBLEM. AN EXPENSIVE ONE AT THAT. A fifth degree felony requires six to twelve months in prison and a 2,500.00 fine. Is that time served, paid my debt to society? NO. With the six moths comes a life sentence of being a felon and the being denied the constitutional rite for the pursuit of happiness.