To date, fourteen Rhode Islanders have been released under the newly enacted First Step Act. Previously convicted under stringent mandatory sentencing guidelines (some, for up to life in prison), these violent criminals have now been released early and will be on probation to monitor their reintegration.
We have recently discussed the pros and cons of legislation such as the First Step Act in our Hire Image 2019 Predictions and At the Crossroads of Reintegration and Recidivism blog. Employers should be mindful of these reintegration efforts and continue to balance their obligations to the community with their obligations to protect their employees, customers, and workplaces.
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