Toolkit Developed for Business and HR Leaders to Evaluate Applicants with a Criminal History to Increase Hiring of People with a Criminal History
Date:  09-30-2019

The GNP is reduced by $78-$87 billion by excluding formerly incarcerated people from working
From the Executive Summary of the Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit:

Each year in the United States, nearly 700,000 men and women are released from prison and re-enter society, where many want to find jobs. Yet despite the growing need among U.S. employers for workers, applicants with a criminal record often face huge obstacles to achieving gainful employment.

As the nation reaches nearly full employment, business leaders and human resources professionals are considering these previously overlooked populations for the first time as a source for workers. In fact, job applicants with criminal records are proving to be a viable workplace solution for many organizations. While a great deal of uncertainty about hiring workers with criminal records still exists among some senior executives today, a recent study commissioned by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charles Koch Institute (CKI) finds that employees generally are open to working side-by-side with the formerly incarcerated. Just 14 percent of HR professionals and 26 percent of managers are unwilling to work with or hire someone with a criminal conviction.

While willingness to hire is high, few say their company actively recruits individuals with criminal records. Just 5 percent of managers and 3 percent of HR professionals report this type of recruitment. This is consistent across organizations of different types and sizes. Continue Reading >>>