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Be Justice Advocate for Ending Discrimination Based on Criminal History

A quick letter,  phone call, or email to your CT State Senator to advocate to End Discrimination based on Criminal History only takes a few minutes.  And it really will help!

HB 6921 One Pager

House Bill (HB) 6921,an act concerning discrimination based on a Person's criminal history

Serving time in prison should not result in lifetime restrictions on housing, education, employment, and insurance.

HB 6921 will end discrimination based on criminal history in Connecticut.

Here are just a few of the barriers to success facing persons with criminal records:

  • 9 out of 10 Employers use criminal history when considering job applications and applicants with a criminal record are 50% less likely to be offered a job.
  • Many public housing facilities ban persons with criminal records, leaving them homeless and making finding employment even more difficult.
  • Private landlords reserve the right to deny applicants based on their criminal history
  • Life insurance companies consider a criminal record an indication of “high risk” and either deny coverage or make it unaffordable.

The Connecticut Mirror published an excellent article Fixing a broken criminal justice system: HB 6921

Here’s a sample email/letter/phone talking points. Take a minute to personalize it with your personal experience or use it as it is. The most important thing is they hear from you!

Dear Representative / Senator_____________________:

As a member of the First Presbyterian Church (New Haven) community of faith, and as a citizen of Connecticut, I write or call or email to ask you to support SB 6921.

This bill is about racial justice, fairness, economic growth, and efficiency.

Criminal records turn people into second-class citizens, barring them from many professions, jobs, housing programs, and more. Nearly 9 in 10 employers, 4 in 5 landlords, and 3 in 5 colleges use criminal background checks, putting employment, housing, and higher education out of reach.

About 13,400 people are incarcerated in the state of Connecticut currently.

About 5,000  leave prison each year and return to our communities to rebuild their lives.

60% of people who have been incarcerated remain unemployed one year after release.

Formerly incarcerated men can expect to work 9 fewer weeks per year & earn 40% less.

Together, this amounts to an average overall loss of $179,000 by age 50.

Thank you for your support for this bill that will remove obstacles to housing, insurance, education and employment for returning citizens and help them to restore their lives after they have served their sentence.

THANK YOU!!!

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