Jonathan Haggerty, a criminal justice policy manager at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., said Snyder’s directive is “a substantial step” towards reform, but a legislative fix is needed.
“These changes get a lot right and have the potential to put a dent in the massive problem of recidivism afflicting states across the country, thereby improving public safety and saving taxpayer dollars,” Haggerty said. “As promising as this is, though, there’s only so much the executive can do. The incredible burdens ex-offenders face in finding work will require a legislative fix.”
Haggerty also suggested the “good moral character” requirement be removed altogether because it’s “a sloppy way of increasing public safety.”