Why Koch is encouraging other businesses to hire former prisoners

February 20, 2019

With almost 7 million jobs sitting open and another 300,000 just added last month, more companies are realizing they need to open their hiring processes to consider every qualified candidate—including those who have criminal records.

“There’s so many great stories out there of redemption, people getting a second chance, but more importantly, we just need more people who are skilled workers in this country,” Koch Industries Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Holden told Barron’s in a new report.

Koch has worked for years to advance criminal justice reforms that will help more people improve their lives, save money, and keep communities safer. As Barron’s reports, Koch Industries has banned the box asking about criminal records on job applications since 2015.

In January, Koch signed on to the Society for Human Resource Management’s Getting Back to Work pledge. That followed last year’s federal criminal justice reforms in the FIRST STEP Act, as well as Koch’s support of Safe Streets & Second Chances, a pilot program in four states aimed at reducing recidivism among those reentering their communities from prison.

Read the full article at Barron’s, and learn more about our ongoing support for criminal justice reform.