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MO lawmakers consider measure to help inmates return to workforce
By missourinet.com- Jason Taylor
Published: 03/17/2017

A proposal to support inmates returning to the citizen workforce is being considered by state lawmakers. The measure guarantees that prisoners are bonded by the federal government upon release.

The U.S. Department of Labor provides Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for hard-to-place job seekers who are deemed to be at risk. The bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the applicant or the employer.

The proposal further guarantees that working inmates are certified in a given field. A review process would determine which jobs would be eligible for certification, and ensure that any inmate who completes the necessary requirements receives certification.

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