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.

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