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It’s Time to Rethink Candidates’ Criminal Records

With nearly one in three Americans with a criminal record and the major labor shortage, employers must rethink how they view hiring individuals with past arrests or convictions. Doing so can help fight the statistics of a March 2018 study that demonstrated 45 percent of people released from prison had not reported earning income for […]

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

Recidivism is not unique to any state or region; in fact, two out of three people are rearrested within three years after being released from prison and 50 percent are reincarcerated. Some argue the issue isn’t related to funding and there are plenty of ways to cut back on the cost of recidivism. In Tennessee, […]

A Criminal Record Should Not Be a Life Sentence to Poverty

About 70 to 100 million Americans have some sort of criminal record, standing in the way of reentry, economic stability and full participation in society. Black, Indigenous and Latino communities have been particularly harmed, with people of color disproportionately bearing the brunt of mass incarceration and overcriminalization. The Center for American Progress teamed up with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Illinois Tightens Restrictions on Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks

Senate Bill 1480 has been signed into law in Illinois, adding a new Section 103.1 to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that severely restricts the ability of employers to rely on conviction records in making employment decisions. Effective immediately, the amendment prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an employment decision […]


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