CHICAGO (WREX) — People with criminal records will now be able to get jobs in the healthcare industry under a new Illinois law.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 1965 on Wednesday, which allows people who’ve been arrested or convicted of a crime to work in healthcare. The applicant must be qualified for the job as well.
According to the governor and Chicago-based Safer Foundation, 4.2 million people in Illinois have either been convicted of a crime or arrested.
That’s nearly half of the 9 million people who live in Illinois.
“The longer they go without a job the more likely they’ll end up back in the criminal justice system,” Gov. Pritzker said.
Safer Foundation says it’s placed more than 100 people with criminal convictions into clinical and non-clinical jobs in the healthcare industry. The organization hopes to help many more with this new law.
“Today with this action we’re showing the world that we’re building a state that works for everyone,” Pritzker said.