PRINCETON, NJ – May 14, 2014, 12:30 P.M.

On May 14, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert led a coalition of Mayors in calling on the New Jersey Legislature to pass the Opportunity to Compete Act (S1484/A1999), not simply to express their enthusiastic support for the bill, but to be specific about their beliefs of what it means to truly give everyone a fair opportunity to compete for work. The event received press in The Times of TrentonThe Princeton SunThe Princeton Packet, and Princeton Patch.

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert spoke to the wide ranging impact of overly broad criminal record screening policies: “Currently 1 in 4 American adults have criminal records, and 1 in 3 young people will be arrested by the age of 23. Like every other community, Princeton has residents who have been convicted of crimes and have paid their debt to society, but are now finding it nearly impossible to find a job.”