Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. "I don't want to go back to that,” Davis said. “But I need to work, to make a living."
This tip sheet offers suggestions on how organizations and agencies that provide support to people who have criminal records can engage employers in conversations about hiring people who have criminal records, which will help improve the employment outcomes of the people they serve.
People who have been incarcerated earn 40 percent less annually than they had earned prior to incarceration and are likely to have less upward economic mobility over time than those who have not been incarcerated, according to a 2010 report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to Help Chambers Implement Fair Hiring Practices in their Communities
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a $500,000 contract to help support businesses in hiring people with criminal records. The proposal was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center in a competitive process from a pool of more than 60 applicants.
Several presenters at the event pointed to the SmartHire program—a public-private partnership funded by the State of California and Santa Cruz County that pre-screens and subsidizes qualified candidates for their first six months on the job—as an incentive for employers to hire people with records.
Hosting an Employer Engagement Event
This toolkit is designed to help businesses, public agencies, and community organizations plan and execute local dialogues about hiring people with criminal records.Read More
Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness
This white paper was written to address the challenges that service providers cannot successfully serve every adult on probation or leaving prison or jail who needs a job. It can help policymakers, system administrators, and practitioners collaboratively determine whether resources are focused on the right people, with the right interventions, at the right time.Read More
Clean Slate Clearinghouse
This website provides people with criminal records, legal service providers, and state policymakers with information on juvenile and adult criminal record clearance policies in all U.S. states and territories.Read More
National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction
This website provides a searchable database of the collateral consequences in all U.S. Jurisdictions.Read More
LOCKED OUT: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth
This issue brief provides state and local policymakers with policy and practice recommendations to improve college and career readiness for incarcerated youth.Read More