Jobs for Felons: Making Our Country Safer

When Felons get Jobs, We all Benefit
President Obama discusses jobs for felons with inmates

“Around 70 million Americans have some sort of criminal record … Now, a lot of time, that record disqualifies you from being a full participant in our society — even if you’ve already paid your debt to society. It means millions of Americans have difficulty even getting their foot in the door to try to get a job much less actually hang on to that job. That's bad for not only those individuals, it's bad for our economy. It’s bad for the communities that desperately need more role models who are gainfully employed. So we’ve got to make sure Americans who’ve paid their debt to society can earn their second chance.”

- President Obama, November 2, 2015

One of the most progressive initiatives of Barack Obama's time in office was called the Fair Chance Pledge.  The Chief Executive looked to businesses and educational institutions to help make our communities safer and stronger by making a pledge to eliminate barriers to jobs and education for people with criminal backgrounds.

Taking President Obama's lead, more and more companies and learning institutions have taken up the challenge to help remove the barriers that having a criminal record has placed in front of so many people.  In the beginning, only 12 or so companies were willing to sign the pledge.  The list has grown to include hundreds of participants all willing to offer opportunity to ex-offenders and felons.  Businesses of all sizes, all over the country have signed the pledge to help improve opportunities to employment for those with criminal records.

Sen. Booker introduces the Fair Chance Act

Sen. Booker introduces the Fair Chance Act

American penal institutions release over 600,000 persons every year.  In the united States, there are more than 70 million citizens with some kind of criminal background.  Most want desperately to put their criminal records behind them but their pasts continue to be obstacles on road to getting jobs.  The single most important factor in the successful re-entry to society is that they find gainful employment.  Many find this at best difficult.  Some find it nearly an impossibility.  Without a stable job, many ex-offenders and felons will find themselves in the very same situations that caused their incarceration.

Many people in the greater society, believe that ex-offenders and felons being left out of the job market was part of the the price they had to pay for their crimes.  It was almost a guarantee that ex-offenders and felons would be automatically excluded when it came to getting jobs and education.

The average cost to the taxpayer in America to house an inmate is over $40,000. With gainful employment, former inmates are less likely to go back to prison or becoming a strain on social services. Providing fair access to jobs and education is a win for everybody and definitely makes our communities safer.

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Members of Congress led by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in the House of Representatives, will introduce the Fair Chance Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that gives formerly incarcerated people a fairer chance at securing employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until an applicant receives a conditional offer of employment.


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