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Governor Polis signs multiple criminal justice reform bills into law

"State Representative Leslie Herod (D-Denver) is one of the sponsors for HB-1266."

 

“When you increase participation in democracy, you lower the recidivism rate,” she told the crowd at Second Chance Center."

 

"Latif remembers his time on parole and being in the crowd at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. He couldn’t wait to vote."

 

“It felt like there wasn’t a stranger in the place, it was that kind of hopefulness and people’s involvement and engagement in the process and I was sitting there thinking, you know, it’s a shame that I won’t be able to be a part of this going forward, but knowing it would be the last time that I would not be a part of it."

 

"Representative Herod sponsored several other bills signed Tuesday, too."

 

"HB 1025, sometimes called the “Ban the Box” bill, prohibits employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history on the initial job application."

 

“You no longer will have that box on the initial application that asks if you have a criminal history,” Herod told the crowd. “You can actually get a chance to tell your own story, to look an employer in the eye and say, "I’m ready to work.’”

 

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