Checkr’s Candidate Stories, a human-focused feature, is allowing the stories of those with criminal records to be told. According to the company, one-third of Americans have a criminal record and those released from prison each year face significant challenges when applying for work. Without a job, those with a criminal background are more likely to recidivate than those who find work. One area that sees the most applicants with criminal backgrounds is the gig economy, but the background checks conducted by these often remote businesses can dehumanize applicants. Checkr worked with several companies to determine what factors would increase their confidence in hiring someone with a record and, in turn, has created a platform for those with criminal records to focus on positive changes that will allow potential employers to overcome bias and give everyone a fair chance at employment.