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.

08-02-2019 01:40pm

Statement from Will Ruger in Response to Reports of an Initial U.S. Peace Deal with the Taliban

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, on reports that the U.S. has reached an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a drawdown of 6,000 troops.

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07-17-2019 02:41pm

Charles Koch Institute Applauds Freedom of Information ‘Accountability Engine,’ Cites Immigration Data as Proof of Importance

As part of years of work requesting and organizing the findings of millions of public records requests, scholars at Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse discovered immigrants now wait an average of 727 days for decisions on their cases.

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07-16-2019 11:41am

Setting the Table for Discussion on How Tech Platforms Address Extremism

Media and technology firms are grappling to discover and refine the rules, tools, and standards that address substantive concerns about extreme content while allowing free expression to thrive. Communities Overcoming Extremism: the After Charlottesville Project is bringing together private sector leaders to talk about the questions and discoveries arising in different online communities.

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