Creating upward mobility for people who have criminal records has manifested into three key areas of work for the CSG Justice Center:
- Ensuring untapped workers have the skills and resources to meet the needs of businesses;
- Dismantling unnecessary policy barriers to employment and education opportunities;
- Cultivating understanding and action among business executives and hiring professionals.
Momentum on these issues is growing as interest in criminal justice reform enjoys strong bipartisan support. With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s release of guidance on the consideration of criminal records in hiring decisions; the proliferation of local hiring initiatives, such as Ban the Box; and the growing need for qualified candidates in the workforce; policymakers and employers are increasingly aware of this issue.
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