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Gaming fund supports Yolo County public defender’s office

By Democrat staff Posted: 07/12/17,
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The Yolo Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee has awarded $22,391 from the Gaming Special Distribution Fund to support the Yolo County Public Defender’s Record Mitigation Clinic.
The presence of a criminal record, especially a felony record, impedes employment, access to housing, public benefits, state licensing and even involvement in a child’s school, according to Yolo County Public Information Officer Beth Gabor.


“The reliance on background checks as a primary sorting mechanism for employment is widespread, with over 90 percent of employers self-reporting as requiring background checks prior to hiring employees,” stated Gabor. “In these circumstances, even a single conviction can prevent an individual from obtaining a steady job. Because these are all building blocks to a stable life, individuals’ criminal histories can pose very real limitations on their chances of successfully establishing law-abiding lifestyles.”

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