Since the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, agents for the California Department of Justice have ramped up seizures of guns from people who have lost the right to carry firearms, particularly those who are mentally disturbed.
Contra Costa continues to receive low-level offenders as part of the state’s realignment plan to ease prison overcrowding, and now there is an effort to get inmates out of jail, and into employment.
Several organizations that promote voting rights have petitioned the state’s Court of Appeal to give convicted felons who have been placed under regional supervision as part of prison realignment the right to vote.
A proposal offering a tax break for companies in San Francisco that hire ex-felons was narrowly voted down by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
A proposal offering a tax break for companies that hire ex-felons was approved by a San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee Wednesday and will be sent to the full board for approval.
A key part of the strategy is encouraging the so-called “ban the box” approach to hiring, which means employers don’t ask applicants to check the box indicating whether they’ve ever been incarcerated.
San Francisco Supervisor and candidate for sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s proposed tax break for companies that hire ex-felons has brought sharp criticism from his opponents in the race to replace Michael Hennessey.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on state lawmakers Friday to enact legislation that would prevent violent felons from caring for ailing residents in California home health care programs.