The Impact


Hiring discrimination is most likely to occur at the first point of contact: the application

The callback rare of white applicants with a criminal record falls from 34 to 17 percent.

For African American applicants, the rate falls from 14 to 5 percent.

Removing Job Barriers for People with Records Helps the Economy

Removing Job Barriers helps the economy and is good for business.  The reduced output of goods and services of people with felonies and prison records is estimated at $57 to $65 billion in losses to the nation’s economy. Allowing people to work increases their tax contributions, boosts sales tax, and saves money by keeping people out of the criminal justice system.

Decreases Recidivism

Studies have shown that employment is the single most important influence on decreasing recidivism, and that two years after release nearly twice as many employed people with records had avoided another brush with the law than their unemployed counterparts

Children and Families Suffer When People with Records Can’t Work

In the year after an incarcerated father is released, family income drops by approximately 15%

Families of the formerly incarcerated often struggle to provide them with financial help. Women with felonies found that 65 percent relied on a family member for financial support.

Fair Chance Policies have a REAL Impact

Research indicates that once an employer has had the chance to examine the qualifications of the applicant, the employer would be more willing to hire the applicant.