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.

06-30-2020 10:40am

Supreme Court strikes a blow against free speech in Soros case, Charles Koch Institute fellow says

"At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that every person should decide for themselves what they want to say, or whether they want to say anything at all."

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06-18-2020 12:12pm

Conversations about race, equality, and the American experience

Organizations such as Braver Angels offer a path forward—driving a movement that seeks to create a space for dialogue to help us better understand each other and learn from each other. In a time where we’re having important conversations about race, equality, and the American experience, hearing each other’s voices is incredibly important.

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06-17-2020 10:15am

Lessons from Tiananmen Square for American Protesters

While Beijing pushed for measures to prevent protests, vigils, and other speech around the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Americans across the country started raising their voices to speak out against long entrenched injustices. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger spoke to this essential component of progress in a recent commentary in Real Clear World.

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