we can create
safe and healthy
- Lynn Nottage
Be A Fair Chance Employer
Approximately 70 million people in the United States have criminal records, representing one-third of working age adults. About 19 million have a felony conviction which often poses a significant barrier to re-entering the workforce.

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Mass Incarcenation, Reentry & Fair Chance Employment

General Questions

There are 2 million people in U.S. prisons and jails—a 500% increase over the last 40 years

Changes in sentencing law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase. These trends cause prison overcrowding and fiscal burdens on states, despite evidence that mass incarceration does not achieve public safety

The strongest indicator of recidivism is poverty

Individuals with a secure job within two months of release are far less likely to return to prison in comparison to those who don’t have paid work

When returning citizens have access to reentry programs, they are more likely to find work and establish a stable life

Interventions that also provide healthcare, housing, skill development, mentorship and social networks are best

Eighteen states and more than 150 cities and counties have committed to “banning the box” requiring applicants to disclose criminal records, and other fair chance hiring policies.

Major corporations like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Home Depot and Starbucks have also chosen to ban the box

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