Southern states discuss issues related to hiring those with criminal records


About 70 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record, with the South being the area with the highest incarceration rates per capita. Research shows that employment makes it less likely that an ex-offender will return to prison.  However, those re-entering into society find it difficult to get a job with a criminal past, because potential employers have concerns about hiring them.

“On May 18, more than 100 policymakers, business representatives, and community service providers from seven southern states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee—came together in Atlanta at the Southern Regional Summit on Fair Hiring to discuss creating employment opportunities for adults with criminal records.”  Full Article >>>