Monday was an important day. On behalf of 50 organizations, we introduced AB 2138, a bill to give Californians a fair chance to make a living and to move forward progressive criminal justice reform.
Nearly 8 million Californians have a criminal record, which prevents them from getting a job in over 1,700 occupations that require a state-issued license. We cannot deny 8 million residents access to our economy — to nearly 30 percent of all California jobs.
If California is serious about rehabilitation, we need to remove barriers for those who have paid their debts to society, so they can get back on their feet.
Passed out of its first committee yesterday, our bill will prevent the denial of an occupational license on the basis of a non-violent conviction older than 5 years, unless the crime is directly related to the duties of the licensed occupation.
If you want to find out more about our bill, click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle’s article about AB 2138.
All people deserve a fair chance to make a living, and I look forward to fighting alongside you to make that opportunity available.