Housing Re-Entry Bill Moves ForwardApril 11, 2018
BPRC LEADERS HAIL HOUSE PASSAGE OF MEASURE TO HELP FORMER INMATES WITH HOUSING OPTIONS
Chair of the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus State Representative Christopher Rosario (D-Bridgeport) and Vice-Chair, State Representative Brandon McGee (D-Hartford/Windsor) issued the following statement on passage of House Bill 5375, An Act Creating a Working Group to Study Housing Options for Persons Reentering the Community After Incarceration.
“We are pleased our colleagues in the House supported one of the caucus’ priorities that we outlined earlier this session. The housing search for inmates released from prison can be daunting and re-integrating these individuals back into the community is always challenging. We are encouraged to see this measure – that would create this working group to help us set the foundation to support this population – is moving forward. Constituents in our minority communities are extremely vulnerable to the stigma associated with a criminal record. Anything we can do to ease their transition to community life and offering them a second chance is welcome news.”