On the fence about hiring a felon?
Maybe we can help change your mind.
Don't need convincing?
With labor shortages happening throughout the US, many businesses are prompted to hire current prisoners and past felons to get their jobs done.
Excluding formerly incarcerated job seekers from the workforce costs the U.S. up to $87 billion in lost GDP, according to a 2017 American Civil Liberties Union report.
The report also notes the strong retention of these workers can reduce training costs by about $4,000 per employee for lower-skilled white-collar positions.
This bottom-line-friendly data can unify people who might otherwise not take an interest in the issue.
According to the ACLU, “because of the stigma associated with a criminal record, nearly 75 percent of formerly incarcerated individuals are still unemployed a year after release.
Why you should hire felons at a glance
What this means for your company
Ex-felons feel they have something to prove when they re-enter society. They want to show their employers, friends, family, and most importantly themselves; that they deserve this second chance.
Few things hurt a business more than a high turn-over rate. Due to the scarcity of job opportunities available to ex-felons, many employers find that they are more reliable and enjoy a lower turnover rate as a result of their hiring.
Substantial tax credits are available for hiring ex-felons, such as the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Some states even provide partial wage reimbursement, additional tax credits, and other training funds for employers who hire ex-felons. In addition, employers who hire felons can also be eligible to obtain a free fidelity bond funded by the federal government to protect them against employee dishonesty or theft. With these programs you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
In order to stay competitive you need the right about of employees to increase levels of production. With the current labor shortage it's becoming increasingly difficult to find good candidates. Yet, there are over 640,000 prisoners being released each year. Most are working hard while in prison to earn desirable job qualifications.
According to a 2018 survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, 82% of managers think employees with criminal records perform as well or better than workers with a clean sheet. Including arriving early or on-time each day to work.
Existing research appears to suggest that employment and job stability are associated with a desistance from crime. When it's hard to find a way to make money legally, it's all to easy to return to the illegal way. Make a difference in your community and change the life of an ex-felon.
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