A recent article in the Washington Post outlines a new trend in employment. Companies are having a “change of heart” in wanting to employ those with criminal backgrounds. Employment is a chance for former offenders to re-enter the workforce and a chance for employers to fill jobs while helping society.
Large companies like Walmart and Koch Industries have joined the “ban the box” movement, allowing applicants to enter the hiring process without checking off that they have a criminal background on their application
Koch Industries general counsel Mark Holden told the Post, “We’ve hired a lot of people with criminal records who have been good employees. … What someone did on their worst day doesn’t define them forever.”
Companies are seeing the benefit in helping former offenders re-enter the job market. It’s beneficial to both parties and contributes to lower recidivism rates.