New tool promotes fair chance hiring practices

Jan 31, 2019 No Comments by

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), in partnership with Koch Industries, has launched a new initiative Getting Talent Back to Work to promote fair chance hiring practices that expand opportunities for job seekers with criminal records. The initiative responds to the newly-passed First Step Act, reforming the federal-level justice system to ease future sentencing for nonviolent […]

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Remembering Devah Pager, leading light on racial bias in hiring

Nov 28, 2018 No Comments by

We mourn the passing of Dr. Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist whose 2003 doctoral dissertation documented “the powerful effects of race” on hiring decisions. Dr. Pager’s research sought to understand the effect of a criminal record on people’s chances of finding a job and how that might differ depending on the applicant’s race. Her resulting […]

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New Member: Concordance Employment Agency, St. Louis, Missouri

Oct 04, 2018 No Comments by

The Alliance welcomes new member Concordance Employment Agency, an enterprise of the Concordance Academy of Leadership in St. Louis, Missouri! The Concordance Academy is an 18-month program designed to reduce recidivism of returning citizens, using a holistic approach that focuses on behavioral health and wellness, life and community skills, and education and employment. Participants enroll […]

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For the Record podcast series features Project Return

Aug 07, 2018 No Comments by

At our recent conference in Nashville, Bettie Kirkland, executive director of host member Project Return spoke with Rashawn Davis, policy analyst at The Council of State Governments Justice Center and host of For the Record, a podcast series that explores different perspectives on the often overlooked and underexplored aspects of criminal records and what it […]

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Pennsylvania passes groundbreaking Clean Slate law

Jul 06, 2018 No Comments by

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the nation’s first Clean Slate bill, designed to reduce barriers to employment and housing for people with criminal records and passed by the state’s legislature with broad bi-partisan support. The Clean Slate law allows automatic sealing of criminal history records related to charges that resulted in non-convictions, and […]

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