Update: Apple to Allow People with a Felony Conviction to Help Build Their New Campus
Date:  04-14-2015

Apple recognizes that some people deserve second chances
On April 7, Reentry Central reported that Apple had banned people who had a felony conviction from being hired to help build their new campus.

It took politicians, an Iron Workers Union and an outraged public to reverse the ban.

The San Jose Mercury News quoted, in part, a statement issued by an Apple spokesperson:

“It recently came to our attention that as part of a background check process unique to the Apple Campus 2 construction project, a few applicants were turned away because they had been convicted of a felony within the past seven years. We recognize that this may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance. We have now removed that restriction and instructed our contractors on the project to evaluate all applicants equally, on a case-by-case basis, as we would for any role at Apple."

Criminal justice reform advocates hailed the new announcement from Apple and hope that other large corporations will follow suit in reconsidering hiring qualified people with criminal histories as a way to reduce mass incarceration and cutting recidivism.

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