Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Last month, to coincide with Second Chances Month, the Brookings-AEI Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform issued a report, A better path forward for criminal justice: Training and employment for correctional populations.  Brookings and AEI are often at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but they teamed up to create a working group for thought… Continue reading Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Most Americans Agree: Second Chances Make Sense

A new survey from the talent acquisition company, Kelly, shows that 70% of “Americans say employers should eliminate blanket-bans that automatically reject job seekers with minor, non-violent criminal offenses on their record.” This national sentiment is reflected in President Biden’s proclamation of Second Chances Month. CDIA agrees that, as President Biden said, America’s criminal justice… Continue reading Most Americans Agree: Second Chances Make Sense

Supporting Second Chances

CDIA values second chances. Too many people leave incarceration without the proper skills to reenter society. One company leading the way to help the formerly incarcerated have an easier reentry is JPMorgan Chase. The company said it will steer more than $7 million toward organizations that provide job- and life-skills training to the formerly incarcerated.… Continue reading Supporting Second Chances

Kentucky’s New ‘Reentry’ Law Gives Employers Clearance to Hire Workers With Criminal Backgrounds

Incentives for Employers is a Win for Workers JD Supra has a post about a recent Kentucky law that makes it easier for employers to hire people with a prior criminal history. One of the barriers to reentry is the liability that employers might absorb if a person with a prior criminal history recidivates on… Continue reading Kentucky’s New ‘Reentry’ Law Gives Employers Clearance to Hire Workers With Criminal Backgrounds

San Francisco updates Fair Chance notice

Under 2018 amendments, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) requires employers to follow strict rules regarding applicants’ and employees’ arrest and conviction record(s) and related information.  Employers with 5 or more employees (total worldwide) and City contractors had obligations and prohibitions on considering the criminal history of an applicant.  Additional information about the FCO… Continue reading San Francisco updates Fair Chance notice

More Evidence That “Ban the Box” Laws Don’t Work

A blog posting by Walter Olsen, a senior fellow at Cato, continues a small but impactful line of research critical of the purported benefits of ban-the-box laws.  CDIA does not necessarily oppose ban-the-box proposals if they are thoughtful and limited.  That includes not pushing the criminal check too deep in to the search process.

Akron should change its rule change

CDIA recently sent a letter to the court administrator of the Akron Municipal Court regarding Local Rule No. 39, motion to seal eviction record.  This new rule would make several changes to eviction records in Akron, which has the highest eviction rate in Ohio, aimed at easing the process for evictees to seal their eviction… Continue reading Akron should change its rule change

The right way for reentry

In full bloom in the American penal system is “The GreenHouse”. At Rikers Island is what the New York Times called “the nation’s oldest and largest prison garden [which] has quietly flourished for the past three decades, a period during which rampant gang violence and a scandalous culture of abuse among the guards made Rikers… Continue reading The right way for reentry

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

The New York Times published a story, As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle., It is gratifying to see employers continue to look to people with criminal histories as candidates for work. We have always supported second chances while opposing limits on an employer’s ability to look at the full criminal… Continue reading As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

Felony Conviction Rates Have Risen Sharply, But Unevenly

Pew has a story out this week, Felony Conviction Rates Have Risen Sharply, But Unevenly, that could add fodder to the debate about criminal background checks and legislation to ease reentry.  Naturally, we generally support provisions to assist reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals, but not at the expense of limiting our members’ or employers’ access… Continue reading Felony Conviction Rates Have Risen Sharply, But Unevenly