Colorado employers, colleges could soon be prevented from asking about criminal histories on their a

“We want to make sure people get their foot in the door to get a job,” said state Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat and prime backer of the legislation. She said the bill could impact some 1 million Coloradans with a criminal record. “The number one factor of reduced recidivism is their employment, so we know this bill is good for the Colorado economy, and it’s good for criminal justice reform.”

“We agree with the concept,” said Tony Gagliardi, who represents some 7,000 small businesses in Colorado. “We agree that for the state to impact recidivism it’s necessary to do everything we can to get past offenders into the workforce, back into society.”

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