Blueprint for Smart Justice Idaho Statehouse Release

January 7, 2020 @ 11:30 am 12:30 pm

Join the ACLU of Idaho at the Idaho Statehouse for the release of our Blueprint for Smart Justice Idaho report. This report is based on a two-year criminal justice research project conducted by the National ACLU, its state affiliates, and the Urban Institute.

The goal of the Blueprint is to provide solutions meant to cut incarceration rates, reduce racial disparities, and focus on Idahoans, not prisons.

Idaho’s inmate population has increased over 800% since 1980. About 1 in 5 Idahoans have a criminal record. Mass incarceration harms families, communities, and society without evidence that it reduces crime rates. It also costs Idaho taxpayers millions of dollars per year.

One area from the blueprint we’ll be focusing on is removing barriers to employment faced by those with criminal records. We plan to introduce the Fair Chance Employment Act during the  2020 legislative session. This legislation would prohibit employers from asking about criminal records until an applicant is offered an interview or employment offer.

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