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‘A win-win-win’: Why hiring people with criminal records makes sense

February 28, 2019

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The latest criminal justice reforms are significant, but there is still much work to do. For the nearly 700,000 people who are released from prison every year, finding a second chance at employment is difficult. It’s why, for years, Koch has banned the box on employment applications asking about criminal history—to eliminate barriers that prevent people from realizing their full potential.

It’s also why Koch recently partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management for its Getting Talent Back to Work initiative. In a new joint op-ed for Business Insider, SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. and Koch Industries Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Holden call on more businesses to join the program while exploring the benefits to individuals, families, and society.

“It's our belief that people who have made mistakes and paid the penalty deserve a second chance to turn their life around by providing value for others,” they write. “Hiring people who want a chance to work is a win-win-win: It helps keep families together by decreasing the chance of recidivism, it supports a valuable talent pool of willing and trainable workers, and it gives people who have made mistakes the dignity of work.”