Studies have shown that stable employment and reasonable wages can help reduce the recidivism rate. Illinois is loosening some of it’s laws that targeted returning citizens (ex-offenders) from attaining certain careers based on criminal background. The Chicago Tribune explains these changes in detail and you can read more about these laws in the link below. Loosening the restrictions will allow returning citizens to access more employment opportunities in hope that crimes will not be recommitted and that the recidivism rate will lower.

In the Tribune article it discusses how often individuals return to prison, how much it costs tax payers, and the plans that Governor Rauner has to reduce the recidivism rate in the next 5-7 years. We have a long way to go but this is a giant step in the right direction for returning citizens who have served their time, have made a change, and want to pursue a career that they could not before. Advocacy groups continue to push for these laws and others to be passed so that returning citizens can use their expertise and knowledge in the workforce.

Below you will find the link about these changes to the laws in Illinois from the Chicago Tribune.