Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Reforming Rockefeller

A controversial revision has some less worried about background checks

Albany, NY -- NY State's Rockefeller drug law is being revised. After Monday, non-violent felony drug offenders will have their records sealed so that potential employers won't have access to their criminal history during background checks.

Directors at Syracuse Community Treatment Court, which helps recovering addicts find jobs, applauded the measure.

"It's an important part of staying cleaning," said Kim Kozlowski, a drug court director. "You can't graduate from this program and just go back to doing nothing all day. You've got to be in school. You've got to be working. You've got to be a productive citizen."

Others however are concerned that the revision would allow for drug felons to discreetly work at schools.

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