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

Virginia AG, Tenant Advocates, Apartment Assn. Create Model Tenant Screening Policy

In April 2020, at the end of both National Fair Housing Month and Second Chance Month, Virginia Attorney General Herring (D) and “partners in the housing industry” launched “a new tool that will reduce housing discrimination and increase housing stability and options for Virginians with previous nonviolent convictions.”  The initiative was announced in a press release by… Continue reading Virginia AG, Tenant Advocates, Apartment Assn. Create Model Tenant Screening Policy

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

The injustice of the Cook County Just Housing Ordinance

On April 25, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment (Ord. No. 19-2394) to § 42-38 of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance (“Ordinance”) to (1) prohibit housing discrimination based on individual’s covered criminal history, and (2) require housing providers to perform an individualized assessment of an otherwise qualified individual’s criminal conviction history… Continue reading The injustice of the Cook County Just Housing Ordinance

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

Prison Policy Initiative Publishes Paper

We agree with the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) when it says that former inmates need stability for successful reintegration in to American society, and we also agree with PPI when it says that that stability includes a reliable job.  Where CDIA and PPI part company is in PPI’s assertion of a widespread hiring biases against former inmates. … Continue reading Prison Policy Initiative Publishes Paper

CAP and More Than 25 Partners Launch National Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ Initiative to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records

The Center for American Progress has announced a “bipartisan criminal justice campaign known as ‘clean slate.’”  According to the announcement, “a diverse group of more than 25 groups from across the political spectrum [have come] together to launch” this national initiative.  This system, says CAP, “offers a technological solution: automated record-clearing for people who remain crime-free… Continue reading CAP and More Than 25 Partners Launch National Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ Initiative to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records

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