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New Program to Clear Criminal Convictions to Launch in PA

TimeDone Pennsylvania, a new program from the Alliance of Safety and Justice, aims to help people clear their records of past criminal convictions to allow for a fresh start. The program provides connections to legal resources and employers for people with criminal records, free background checks, and other services.


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Could Second-Chance Hiring Be the Answer to the Labor Shortage?

Chamber of Commerce statistics reveal that one in three adults has a criminal record and most are overlooked when applying for jobs. Second-chance hiring could be the answer to responding to the labor market shortage. There are benefits for both the employee and employer when hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. For starters, getting a job reduces […]

Survey Reveals Americans Want Employers to End Discrimination Against Job Seekers With Criminal Backgrounds

According to a Kelly Services survey, seven in 10 Americans say employers should eliminate blanket-bans that automatically reject job seekers with minor, non-violent criminal offenses on their record. The results of the survey were released to the public in April, demonstrating that Americans want companies to end discriminatory hiring practices and policies, and offer second […]

Were You Convicted for Marijuana Possession in Kansas City? You Might Be Eligible for a Pardon.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has addressed the obstacle of past marijuana convictions by pardoning some low-level convictions at the municipal level. Those who were convicted in a county or federal courthouse are ineligible, but municipal offenses can be pardoned through an application process at the Kansas City government website. Staffers of the mayor’s office […]

Clean Slate Laws are Taking Hold: Colorado Joins List

The state of Colorado has become the seventh state to enact a Clean Slate Act in support of automatically clearing certain criminal records after the passage of a prescribed time period and the satisfaction of any other set prerequisites. In Colorado, records relating to civil infractions will be sealed four years following disposition. The time […]

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 […]


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