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How Data-Based Policies Can Help the Formerly Incarcerated Win a ‘Second Chance’

Two out of three people are rearrested within three years after being released from prison and 50 percent are reincarcerated. Many states are working to develop policies that are aimed at reducing recidivism and improving public safety. An opportunity is available for lawmakers to embrace a data-driven approach to prisoner reentry and support legislation that […]

Colorado’s ‘ban the box’ Law Allowed Man Convicted of Double-Murder to Land Nursing Home Job

Twenty-two-year-old Gideon Long was released from prison in 2018 after serving seven years for murdering his parents, shooting his younger brother, and slitting the throat of his younger sister. But when he lied on an application to Good Samaritan Society’s Loveland Village, he was selected for the job, thanks to House Bill 19-1025, which banned […]

Give Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Fair Chance

Fair chance hiring mandates that employers only assess a candidate’s criminal record after the candidate has been interviewed and is considered qualified for a role. As many as one in three Americans have a criminal record and just 5 percent of Black Americans with a criminal record get called back after a job interview, compared […]

Criminal Background Checks: Cautious Employers Could Cost Their Company

When a criminal background check on an applicant results in an arrest record with no conviction, it is best for employers to call counsel to avoid unnecessary costs and claims. Not doing so could lead to liability, so it is important to 1. Understand whether a violation has already occurred by an employer in simply […]

DeSoto Votes in Favor of ‘Ban-the-Box’ Policy for Job Hiring

DeSoto City council recently approved a Ban-the-Box policy that, according to member Candice Quarles, “aims to remove job barriers for people with records.” The passing of the legislation comes during a time when Quarles said the nation must find more ways to increase work. DeSoto joins the City of Austin, as well as 36 states […]

Kentucky’s New ‘Reentry’ Law Gives Employers Clearance to Hire Workers with Criminal Backgrounds

Kentucky’s newly passed House Bill 497 creates a certificate program that will give employers relief from civil liability for hiring an ex-offender who was trained for a particular job. The bill aims to enhance the ability of formerly incarcerated people to get jobs once they are in the community to further aid in their rehabilitation […]

Philadelphia Expands Criminal History and Credit Screening Ordinances, Further Restricting Employment Decisions

Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance (FCRSS) aims to protect job applicants and current employees, independent contractors, and gig workers by prohibiting employers from inquiring into a candidate’s criminal history until after a conditional employment decision has been made. Employers must make an individualized assessment of the relationship between the conviction and the particular […]

How Fair Chance Hiring Can Benefit Your Business

The Fair Chance Act, which prohibits government agencies and their contractors from asking about criminal history prior to a conditional offer, should be considered for a number of reasons. First, enacting a Fair Chance policy provides a competitive edge, casting a wider next and attracting stronger candidates. It also provides a more diverse employee base, […]

Waters, Trone Introduce Historic Legislation to ‘Ban the Box’ on Employment Applications Nationwide Ahead of House Vote on Police Reform

The Workforce Justice Act, which would encourage states to ‘ban the box’ on employment applications nationwide and give justice-impacted individuals a greater chance of gaining employment, has been introduced in the 116th Congress in an effort to reform a portion of the criminal justice system that affects more than 70 million people with an arrest […]

N.Y. Pols Propose ‘Clean Slate’ Legislation to Seal and Expunge Criminal Record

The proposal of New York’s new “Clean Slate” bill aims to create a two-step process to automatically seal and eventually expunge past convictions and make it easier for those who served time to find work and housing opportunities. Convictions would be automatically sealed one year after sentencing on the individual’s last misdemeanor conviction and three […]


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