Ohio now has a new law, aimed at helping ex-felons find jobs. Gov. John Kasich signed the measure, which had support from Democrats and Republicans in the legislature. The law will make it easier for the freed convicts to get drivers licenses and professional licenses. It will also let ex-cons seek declarations from a judge that they have been rehabilitated - and that way, companies that hire them will be protected from lawsuits in case the former felons get into trouble on the job. Under the new law, each ex-prisoner could get more of their criminal records expunged. A co-sponsor of the measure, State Senator Shirley Smith, defends that change in an interview with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
The law makes it easier for ex-felons to get jobs. Smith quotes U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as saying the new Ohio law is a model that other states should copy.