Fair Chance Hiring

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An estimated 70 million Americans, or almost 1 in 3 adults, have some sort of criminal record, and while they have paid their debt to society, this record disqualifies them from most employment opportunities. Many of these people are qualified individuals who do not pose any risk in the workplace. Yet having a criminal record carries an often unwarranted stigma that limits a person’s ability to be absorbed back into the community and obtain employment. The successful transition of people from incarceration back to the community, including the opportunity for stable employment, is a vital deterrent to criminal conduct and recidivism.

ICCR members, along with partners, have formed the Fair Chance Hiring Campaign coalition, to encourage companies to adopt fair chance employment practices that would give people with records greater access to jobs and opportunities. 

 Featured Resources

Why Businesses Should Reach Out to the 70 Million Americans Excluded From the Workforce

“Ban the Box” Fact Sheet (The National Employment Law Project) - The White House is building on past efforts by challenging businesses to take on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge,” a nationwide call-to-action to accomplish the shared goal of creating a stronger set of opportunities for people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

Second Chance Month -  A bipartisan national movement working for prison sentencing reform. 

National Re-Entry Week - A naionwide effort to promote successful re-entry into the workforce.

National Employment Law Project (NELP) - For more than 45 years, NELP has sought to ensure that America upholds for all workers her promise of opportunity and economic security through work.NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed.


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