Representatives from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government shared their thoughts about reducing high rates of criminal recidivism by implementing employment and re-entry programs during a conference Friday at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Tumon.
The Society for Human Resource Management Guam Chapter organized the annual conference where Lieutenant Governor Joshua F. Tenorio, Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III and Senator Mary Camacho Torres jointly presented on “Getting Guam’s Talent Back to Work!”
Lt. Gov. Tenorio said reducing recidivism through programs and legislation bridge party lines. And federal and local legislation such as the Fair Chances Hiring Process Act assist those with criminal records or the formerly incarcerated find employment.
“In the states and territories, there are 1.5 million people who are incarcerated. The United States has the most number of people incarcerated in the entire world, which undermines what we believe to be the home of the free, the home of the brave,” Tenorio said.
Meanwhile, Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena provided an overview of the Judiciary’s local reentry and rehabilitation programs. He also commended local business owners who have supported these initiatives by giving those employees with a criminal record, a second chance.
“Many of the participants in the reentry courts are your workers. Driving while intoxicated treatment court, 95 percent of those participants are employed. In the family violence court, 80 percent of our participants are employed. The treatment courts are not easy courts to take,” Lamorena said.
Meanwhile, Senator Mary Torres spoke about the Fair Chances Hiring Process Act the local legislation that she introduced which the legislature passed in 2017.
Under the law, a prospective employer may not ask for an applicant’s criminal history except under specific circumstances.