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AFP-CO: Denying Higher Education is Denying a Second Chance

Mar 1, 2019 by AFP

DENVER, Colo. – Americans for Prosperity-Colorado (AFP-CO) today announced its support for SB19-170. The bill would help people with criminal records turn their lives around by prohibiting higher education institutions from seeking criminal history during the initial application process.

The legislation prohibits institutions from asking about low-level, non-violent offenses and establishes a system where review of an individual’s criminal history must be done in a timely and transparent manner.

AFP-CO State Director Jesse Mallory issued the following statement:

“No one should be penalized indefinitely for what they did on their worst day. If people with non-violent convictions who’ve paid their debt to society want to pursue higher education, we should be applauding them, not turning them away. If we can do something to help individuals that want to improve their lives and put their past mistakes behind them—we should.”