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Opinion: Hiring Returning Citizens Is Good for Business

Chicago Tribune

By Jamie Dimon and Arne Duncan

Even as the labor market tightens and more than 6 million U.S. jobs remain unfilled, the search for a job can be formidable. This process is exponentially worse for someone who has a criminal record.

Even if they get through the interview process, ex-offenders face an application that likely asks if they have ever been convicted of a felony. For too many businesses, an affirmative answer to that question is a deal breaker — a major setback for those trying to get their lives back in order.

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