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Indianapolis Propsal 97 Dept of Admin and Equal Opportunity Offender Hiring 2006

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Rules and Public Policy Committee
Proposal No. 97, 2006
Your Committee, to which this proposal was referred, has amended the proposal to read as follows and
recommends its adoption as amended.
CITY COUNTY COUNCIL

PROPOSAL NO. 97, 2006

CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS-MARION COUNTY, INDIANA
INTRODUCED: 02/13/2006
REFERRED TO: Rules and Public Policy Committee
SPONSOR: Councillors Franklin, Randolph, Mahern and Brown
DIGEST: encourages the development of a program for the employment of ex-offenders previously
incarcerated persons, where appropriate, by the Consolidated City and County and certain contractors
with the Consolidated City and County
SOURCE:
Initiated by: Councillors Franklin and Randolph
Drafted by: Aaron E. Haith, General Counsel
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTION:
Subject to approval or veto by Mayor

PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE:
Adoption and approvals

GENERAL COUNSEL APPROVAL: _________________________________ Date: February 10, 2006
CITY-COUNTY GENERAL RESOLUTION NO. , 2006
A PROPOSAL FOR A GENERAL RESOLUTION requiring the Department Of Administration and Equal
Opportunity to initiate a study that leads to a hiring policy for the Consolidated City and County for the
employment, when appropriate job opportunities arise, of Marion County residents who are also exoffenders previously incarcerated persons.
WHEREAS, existing hiring practices of the Consolidated City and County exclude consideration of exoffenders from their pools of perspective employees; and
WHEREAS, contractors doing work or providing certain services for the Consolidated City and County
also exclude consideration of ex-offenders from their pools of perspective employees; and
WHEREAS, the Indiana Department Of Correction (DOC) releases approximately 3,500 ex-offenders
previously incarcerated persons who are residents of Marion County on an annual basis; and
WHEREAS, many offenders with such disqualifying offense histories, studies have determined, are
otherwise able bodied and employable; and
WHEREAS, statistics and studies currently available suggest that ex-offenders previously
incarcerated persons who are unable to find employment are more likely to re-offend; and
WHEREAS, the current jail overcrowding conditions is and will continue to be adversely impacted by
ex-offenders previously incarcerated persons who re-offend and are incarcerated pending trial or other
disposition of the charges against them; and
WHEREAS, the DOC, the Marion County Superior Court Probation Department, the U. S.
government, the Indiana Justice Agency, Marion County Community Corrections and private entities have
various programs aimed at assisting ex-offenders previously incarcerated persons to prepare for re-entry
into the community; and

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WHEREAS, the basis of our penal system in Indiana, as set forth in our Constitution, is rehabilitation;
and
WHEREAS, the Council is desirous of reducing the cost to the community of ex-offenders who reoffend and contribute again to jail overcrowding; and
WHEREAS, the Council desires to assist ex-offenders previously incarcerated persons who have
served their time, are willing to rehabilitate themselves and are seeking employment; and
WHEREAS, the Council finds that the community will be best served by aiding ex-offenders
previously incarcerated persons to gain employment, when appropriate.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY-COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS AND OF MARION COUNTY, INDIANA:
SECTION 1. The City-County Council directs urges the Department Of Administration and Equal
Opportunity to initiate a study that leads to a hiring policy for the Consolidated City and County for the
employment, when appropriate job opportunities arise, of Marion County residents who are also exoffenders.
SECTION 2. The City-County Council directs urges the Department Of Administration and Equal
Opportunity to include as a part of the study required by Section 1 hereof to determine if the programs
available through the DOC, the Marion County Superior Court Probation Department, the U. S.
government, the Indiana Justice Agency, Marion County Community Corrections and private entities may
be coordinated through its offices so as to better serve the Marion County resident who is also an exoffender previously incarcerated persons.
SECTION 3. The City-County Council directs urges the Department Of Administration and Equal
Employment to make a preliminary report of its findings and efforts in response to this Resolution to its
Rules and Policy Committee at its June, 2006 meeting.
SECTION 4. This resolution shall be in full force and effect upon adoption and compliance with I.C. 36-34-14.
The foregoing was passed by the City-County Council this _____ day of __________, 2006, at _____
p.m.
ATTEST:
_____________________________________
Monroe Gray
President, City-County Council
____________________________________
Jean Ann Milharcic
Clerk, City-County Council
Presented by me to the Mayor this _____ day of ____________, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.
_____________________________________
Jean Ann Milharcic
Clerk, City-County Council
Approved and signed by me this _____ day of ____________, 2006.
____________________________________
Bart Peterson, Mayor

 

 

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