SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1402
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES ELLINGTON (Sponsor), MIMS AND GARDNER (Co-sponsors).
4540L.02I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 217, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to improving the ability of inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 217, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 217.870, to read as follows:
217.870. In an effort to reduce the recidivism rate of offenders who are incarcerated in the state of Missouri the department of corrections shall, prior to the release of any working inmate, do the following:
(1) Subject to appropriation, participate in the Federal Bonding Program so that all inmates are bonded prior to release;
(2) Review the types of jobs available for inmates while incarcerated to determine which jobs would be eligible for certification and ensure that any inmate who has completed the necessary requirements for certification in a particular field does receive certification;
(3) Issue a worker certificate to any inmate who has worked in one or more jobs while incarcerated which were the type of jobs that are not eligible for certification. This worker certificate shall indicate the number of hours the inmate has worked or training the inmate has received in each job which the inmate held. It shall also specify the duties required for each job and list the skills acquired or demonstrated on the job.