Bills Approved To Create Parolee Work Certificate

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan inmates released on parole would be given a work certificate if they complete a career and technical education course and meet other requirements under legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

The “certificate of employability” would be good for four years and is geared to helping reduce the high unemployment rate among parolees.

They could show the document to potential employers as evidence of job training, no major misconduct in prison and that they passed work skills assessments. The state Corrections Department would have to revoke the certificate if a prisoner commits another felony.

A bill given unanimous approval by the House Tuesday would require the state to give released inmates documents regarding their criminal convictions, history behind bars and whether they obtained degrees or completed other programs while incarcerated.

Another measure headed to the governor would let employers cite a certificate of employability as evidence that they were not negligent in hiring someone with a criminal history.

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