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Probation credit legislation passes Iowa House


House File 349, a bill that would reduce the length of individuals’ probationary periods when they complete education and workforce activities, passed the Iowa House on Tuesday 93-1. Under the legislation, individuals could reduce their probation terms by up to 40%. Iowans United for Opportunity, a coalition of Iowa stakeholders that worked with legislators on the bill, praised the passage. “[The] passage of House File 349 is a meaningful step toward keeping Iowans safe and creating pathways to economic opportunity for all,” said Kam Middlebrooks, Iowans United for Opportunity coalition lead and Iowa state organizer for Reform Alliance. “We are thankful for the leadership of House Judiciary Chairman Steve Holt and House Public Safety Chairman Phil Thompson in getting this legislation through the House. We now look forward to the Senate working quickly to send this critical piece of legislation to the Governor’s desk.” Des Moines Area Community College President Rob Denson said the bill recognizes the role of education and employment in reducing recidivism. “By creating an incentive for individuals to pursue education, self-improvement, and employment, these reforms not only benefit those on probation but also contribute to the overall wellbeing and prosperity of our communities statewide.” Read more about Iowans United for Opportunity and the bill in this Business Record story.

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