After The First Step Act: Taking the Next Step on Criminal Justice Reform

The passage of the First Step Act has resulted in the improvement of rehabilitation and re-entry opportunities for thousands of incarcerated individuals. Our founder, Charles Koch, recently challenged the business community to take the next step and create opportunities for individuals with criminal records who have earned a second chance.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) launched its Getting Talent Back to Work initiative, which includes a new best practices toolkit to help businesses navigate the regulatory and legal barriers when considering applicants with a criminal record.

The initiative builds off of research from SHRM and the Charles Koch Institute, which found that while many managers and HR professionals are willing to hire and work alongside individuals with a criminal record, barriers such as regulations and legal liability were among the top concerns to hiring.

Learn more about the announcement here, and view the toolkit here.

12-09-2019 04:37pm

Statement from Will Ruger on ‘Lessons Learned’ Interviews

William Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, issued the following statement in response to an investigative report from the Washington Post demonstrating “senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign…hiding unmistakable evidence that the war had become unwinnable.”

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10-29-2019 08:49am

Communities Overcoming Extremism Releases Report on Tools to Prevent Violence

The Communities Overcoming Extremism initiative recently released its report documenting ways to better understand the causes of intolerance and extremism.

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10-14-2019 09:35am

Statement on the University of Wisconsin Regents’ Passage of a Mandatory Student Punishment Policy

Imposing mandatory minimum punishments without defining for students what actions will subject them to punishment will stifle campus dialogue rather than enrich it.

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