7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill establishes provisions related to a web portal that will connect individuals with
10 criminal histories to available job opportunities.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ defines terms;
14 ▸ requires the Department of Workforce Services to create and maintain a web portal
15 through which:
16 • a business in this state, including a state or local entity, may post job
17 opportunities available to individuals with criminal histories and related
18 employment information; and
19 • an individual with a criminal history may access job opportunities and related
21 ▸ requires the Division of Human Resource Management to:
22 • provide information and guidance to state agencies encouraging the hiring of
23 individuals with criminal histories;
24 • ensure that state agency job opportunities available to individuals with criminal
25 histories are included in the web portal; and
26 • report on the information and guidance to the Law Enforcement and Criminal
27 Justice Interim Committee;
28 ▸ requires the Department of Corrections to ensure that an offender has access to the
29 web portal prior to release from incarceration; and
30 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
31 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
33 Other Special Clauses:
35 Utah Code Sections Affected:
37 64-13-10.6, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 412
39 35A-2-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
40 63A-17-808, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
43 Section 1. Section 35A-2-204 is enacted to read:
44 35A-2-204. Job opportunity portal for individuals with criminal histories.
45 (1) As used in this section, "web portal" means an Internet webpage that can be
46 accessed by a person who enters the person's unique user information in order to access secure
48 (2) The department shall, in consultation with the entities described in Subsection (4),
49 design, create, and maintain a web portal through which a person may access data described in
50 Subsection (3), as agreed upon by the entities described in Subsection (4).
51 (3) The department shall ensure the web portal allows:
52 (a) a business in this state, including a state or local entity, to:
53 (i) post a job opportunity that may be available for an individual with a criminal
55 (ii) review a resume or profile information for a job opportunity that is submitted by an
56 individual with a criminal history; and
57 (iii) review information regarding incentives for hiring an individual with a criminal
58 history; and
59 (b) an individual with a criminal history in this state to:
60 (i) review a job opportunity posted within the web portal;
61 (ii) apply for a job opportunity posted within the web portal; and
62 (iii) obtain information regarding:
63 (A) resume creation;
64 (B) interviewing skills; and
65 (C) other job-seeking skills.
66 (4) In developing the web portal described in Subsection (2), the department shall
67 consult with:
68 (a) the Department of Corrections;
69 (b) the Division of Human Resource Management; and
70 (c) the business community that is likely to use the web portal.
71 (5) The department shall ensure that the web portal described in Subsection (2) is fully
72 operational no later than July 1, 2024.
73 Section 2. Section 63A-17-808 is enacted to read:
74 63A-17-808. Guidance and data collection regarding employment of individuals
75 with criminal histories.
76 (1) The division shall:
77 (a) provide information and guidance to agencies encouraging the hiring of individuals
78 with criminal histories, including:
79 (i) skills developed during incarceration through the Division of Correctional Industries
80 and any other relevant program; and
81 (ii) guidelines to determine whether an applicant's conviction, disclosed in accordance
82 with Section 34-52-201, is a job-related conviction; and
83 (b) ensure that agency job opportunities available to individuals with criminal histories
84 are included in the web portal.
85 (2) On or before October 1, 2024, the division shall provide a written report to the Law
86 Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee describing the efforts described in
87 Subsection (1).
88 Section 3. Section 64-13-10.6 is amended to read:
89 64-13-10.6. Transition and reentry of inmates at termination of incarceration.
90 (1) The department shall evaluate the case action plan and update the case action plan
91 as necessary to prepare for the offender's transition from incarceration to release, including:
92 (a) establishing the supervision level and program needs, based on the offender's
93 criminal risk factors;
94 (b) identifying barriers to the offender's ability to obtain housing, food, clothing, and
96 (c) identifying community-based treatment resources that are reasonably accessible to
97 the offender; [
98 (d) establishing the initial supervision procedures and strategy for the offender's parole
100 (e) ensuring that the offender has access to the web portal described in Section
101 35A-2-204 Ĥ→ [
101a minimum of 30 days before the offender's anticipated release date ←Ĥ .
102 (2) The department shall notify the Board of Pardons and Parole not fewer than 30 days
103 prior to an offender's release of:
104 (a) the offender's case action plan; and
105 (b) any specific conditions of parole necessary to better facilitate transition to the