Joined by state legislators and leaders in the criminal justice community at a facility designed to serve ex-offenders, Governor Markell said reforms passed by lawmakers this year signify a new approach to addressing the many challenges related Delaware’s offender population. The new laws, most of which the Governor signed, will better ensure ex-offenders have a fair opportunity to earn a job when they’re released and improve sentencing policies.
“We can only reach our potential as a state if we maximize the potential of our people,” said Governor Markell. “While our work toward that goal never ends, we can be proud of the progress made toward that goal during the legislative season that ended this week. By spending taxpayers’ money wisely and keeping our focus on economic opportunity for all of our people, we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.”
Surrounded by lawmakers early this morning, Governor Jack Markell signed a balanced Fiscal Year 2015 budget to cap a legislative session focused on increasing economic opportunity for all Delawareans.
Governor Markell highlights efforts to expand broadband access throughout Delaware and the positive impact it has on our overall economy.
Building on efforts to address employment obstacles for ex-offenders, the Senate today passed legislation to allow the Department of Correction to hire qualified ex-offenders into a short-term job training program and give those who have paid their debt to society a better opportunity to reintegrate into our communities.
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