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Incentivizing Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders: What Policies Are Most Effective?

RAND CorporationThis report from the RAND Corporation focuses on the employment benefits of policies that incentivize firms to hire people with nonviolent felony criminal records. RAND researchers conducted experiments to examine employer preferences of policy options aimed at hiring individuals with criminal records, finding that 59 out of 100 employers filling an entry-level job would consider hiring someone who has one nonviolent felony conviction with the incentive of a baseline tax credit. The study then offers recommendations that include offering secure transportation to job sites for candidates with a criminal record; urging people with criminal records to use staffing agencies and reentry or reintegration programs in their job searches; and reducing the employer paperwork burden for receiving the tax credit.