In the first week of March, UNITE-LA unveiled our Getting Back to Work: Revamping the Economy by Removing Past Records report with Californians for Safety and Justice. At the press conference, we were joined by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, who introduced SB 731, along with co-authors Sen. Nancy Skinner and Sen. Steven Bradford. UNITE-LA and Californians for Safety and Justice have been working to reduce barriers people with past records face in attaining work and commissioned this study to get a better picture of the scale of the problem in California. Working with data analysts and researchers, this study estimates the number of people with past records and the impact these records have on California’s economy. The findings of this report show that at a minimum, California loses $20 billion from the state economy as a result of policies that disenfranchise potential workers with past conviction records. We encourage your support of this important legislation, and will keep you updated on its status.
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