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Fair Chance Act: Restricting Timing of Criminal History Inquiries Begins to Take Effect

Contractors now are starting to be awarded contracts subject to 2019’s National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2020, so it is important to remember a few of the requirements. The purpose of the Act is to delay inquiries into the criminal history record information of certain job applicants until later in the hiring […]

Federal Contractor Obligations Under Fair Chance Act

Federal contractors now must comply with the federal Fair Chance Act (FCA), which prohibits contractors from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background in certain cases in the initial stages of the application process. The FCA covers civilian agency contracts and defense contracts. It is not clearly defined how to determine whether a position is […]

A Radical New Approach To Measuring Recidivism Risk

In Providing Another Chance: Resetting Recidivism Risk in Criminal Background Checks, Shawn Bushway and his RAND colleagues argue that risk should instead be measured at the time a background check is conducted after an individual has had an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to reintegrate lawfully as well as their propensity to re-offend.  They label this […]

CA DFEH Cracks Down on Fair Chance Act Violations

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has announced an initiative that will use technology to conduct mass searches of online job ads for statements that violate the Fair Chance Act. Employers will receive a notice that requires them to remove the unlawful practice from its procedures and messaging. According to the statute, employers […]

Using Supported Employment to Help People with Behavioral Health Needs Reentering Communities

It can be difficult for those reentering society after serving time in prison and jail to find stable employment, but supportive employment services specifically for those with behavioral health needs can help. This could include providing access to available resources, building skills to become competitive candidates, and receiving job coaching and training. This works in […]

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 […]


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