The topic of hiring the 626,000 people released from prison every year in response to the 3.9 percent unemployment rate is sparking passionate debate in offices across the United States. With both positive and negative stories regarding the hiring of ex-cons, global background check and identity screening company InfoMart offers a few thoughts on the debate: 1 You’re not making this decision in a vacuum. State and federal laws prevail. 2. Recidivism is a risk and a reality. 3. Hiring convicts expands your talent pool considerably. 4. Compliant background checks should always be part of the hiring practice.