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Booker, Durbin, Grassley, Lee Oppose Trump Administration Proposed Hiring Requirement That Undermines Criminal Justice Reform

April 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Lee (R-UT), the lead sponsors of the recently-enacted First Step Act, pushed back on the Trump Administration's proposal to require federal job applicants to disclose their participation in criminal diversion programs. In a letter to Margaret Weichert, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director, the Senators wrote:

"Our nation's legal and moral underpinnings provide that anyone who makes a mistake and learns from it deserves a second chance. Those who have accepted the consequences of their actions, and who in many cases have worked hard to complete court-mandated programming, should have the opportunity to reenter the workplace. We should be working to eliminate -- not erect -- such barriers."

The full text of the letter is available here.

In an article from last night, The Washington Post noted that opposition to this proposed change extends beyond Washington. OPM has received nearly 3,500 comments on the proposal, which was first reported by The Marshall Project.