Posts in Restoring Opportunities
HB 3227 – Housing as a Human Right (Rep. Curtis Tarver)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released guidance that the use of arrest records has a disproportionate and discriminatory impact on people of color. This bill will prohibit landlords from using arrest or juvenile records (as well as records ordered expunged, sealed or impounded) in their decision making. It also aligns human rights protections in housing with Illinois law which has existing provisions for employment.

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HB 2620/SB 2054 – Restorative Sentencing Act (Rep. Justin Slaughter/Sen. Kimberly Lightford)

Individuals who complete classes to earn program sentencing credit are more likely to have a productive transition back into society, which reduces the chances of re-offending. Giving individuals an incentive to participate in these programs through sentence credits is one of the best ways to safely reduce the prison population; improve the safety of prisons; and to prepare men and women to become productive members of society. The Restorative Sentencing Act would provide program sentencing credit to individuals who successfully complete a program, resulting in a reduced prison sentence of no more than 10% off their time sentenced.

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HB 3056 – Employee Background Fairness Act (Rep. Sonya Harper)

Too often, individuals with criminal records are categorically denied the chance for employment or advancement due to criminal history records. Applicants are not always provided the background check conducted by potential employers. This bill mandates a fair and transparent process for employers to follow: provide copies of background checks to applicants; allow an opportunity for mitigating or corrective information; and conduct an individualized assessment of each candidate.

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