5 Reasons To Hire 
  1. Their work ethic is bar none and provides a great example to all employees of how hard they should be working.

    "These people give 120 percent every day," the article reported "They appreciate the chance to have a job."

  2. They have great transferable skills. 

    "If you take the skills that got them into trouble in the first place, and use them for a legitimate business venture, everyone wins," he said. "I have seen scores of people with transferable skills put these skills to work in the business world."

  3. Ex-offenders have turnover rates that are lower than the general population. They know this is their last chance, which he says provides them extra motivation to keep their job.
    "They try harder to and take their job very seriously," 

  4. It is the right thing to do for local communities. Business, big and small, can play a huge role in hiring ex-offenders.

    "Imagine what would happen to our recidivism rates, gang participation rates, crime rates and drug abuse rates if every business in the US opened their doors and their hearts to hire just one ex offender,"

    "We would change our communities for the better forever."

  5. Hiring an ex-offender gives small business owners the chance to do something great and impactful.  It quotes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in saying "everyone can be great because everyone can serve."

    "It is no longer smart to wait for politicians to fix all the problems in our society," the article said. "Big and small businesses have a great role in doing their part." 




Reality Check

What happens to a family when "Daddy" is arrested and taken to jail?  What happens to the family during the time of encarceration? How long does it take the family to rebuild once "Daddy" comes home?

Unfortunately, these questions don't typically matter to most but the truth is, they matter to thousands and thousands of children in the US every single day as these children suffer - through no fault of their own - with poverty, hunger and documented mental health issues.

Would the social stigma change if instead of looking at the ex-offender sitting across your desk during a job interview as a complete human resource risk based on assumptions of guilt or re-offense, you were able to see a father who is desperately trying to find a way to pay the rent so his family could avoid eviction or hunger?

Initial Effect

If Dad was the only source of income - THE MONEY STOPS!

  • Rent does not get paid.
  • Car payments stop.
  • Groceries cannot be purchased.
  • School Lunch Money - GONE!

During Encarceration

One - two - three or even six months in jail can devastate a family unit because although "money can't buy happiness" it is required, even at a minimal level to survive!

  • Evictions are served.
  • Cars are repossessed.
  • Families are thrown into the Social Services nightmare or drawn out processes - waiting lists - intimidation - discrimination!
  • Children are thrown into a new reality of hunger and survival mode that creates lifelong mental health issues.

The Homecoming

Re-engagement into the family can sometimes be the easy first step but re-engagement into society has so many setbacks, the success rate, or lack therof can be terrifying.

  • Rent is usually already overdue - time is not on their side.
  • If social service programs have been put into place, they are more times than not revoked once the "breadwinner" re-enters the picture.
  • If the car has already been repossessed then public transportation is relied upon - and this will cost money that is not readily accessable.  

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