HOPE for Prisoners Program Shows Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A member of a registered nonprofit organization called HOPE for Prisoners that helps ex-offenders “transition out of prison to reenter society successfully” says that workers with past criminal records “work harder than other employees” and “truly value their jobs,” according to the article “Should You Hire An Ex-Con?” that is available on the Forbes.com website.

“People who have served their time for a crime have an extensive file on who they are and where they have been. They work harder than other employees, show up to work early, stay later, accept overtime, ask for more work, do more, and truly value their jobs,” Arte Nathan, a member of the board of HOPE for Prisoners, told Forbes Contributor Louis Efron, the author of the article.

The article explains how HOPE for Prisoners “facilitates reentry and reintegration services to men, women, and young adults who are exiting various segments of the judicial system” so that “ex-offenders returning to the community can overcome the many barriers to successful living that the incarceration experience can create.” Only 6 percent of people involved with the program return to prison.

As an example, the article stated that while statistics show 75 percent of inmates released from prison go back eventually, only 7 percent of ex-offenders Nathan hired for Wynn Hotels as the longtime HR partner to casino mogul Steve Wynn returned to prison, a reduction of 68 percent. Nathan talked more giving ex-offenders an opportunity to work in a YouTube video.

The article cites a five-year study by Johns Hopkins Medicine of almost 500 ex-offenders hired showed a lower turnover for the first 40 months versus non-offenders. A close study of 79 ex-offenders with serious records for three to six years found that 73 were still employed at Johns Hopkins at the end of the study period with only one involuntary termination.

In addition, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) “has fully adopted Hope’s mission and vision and participates in every aspect of its programming.” Police officers and officials serve as mentors for ex-offenders during the 18-month program “so that no graduate ever feels alone” and “monthly graduations are held at police headquarters.”

The article also states that businesses hiring ex-offenders may be eligible for a federal tax credit of $1,200 to $9,600 per qualifying employee. Businesses may also benefit from a Federal Bonding Program that provides six months of coverage at no cost to protect against employee theft or dishonesty ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for employers hiring “at-risk, hard-to-place job seekers.”

Operating since 2009, HOPE for Prisoners was formally established as an independent non-profit organization in January 2012 to encourage and impart hope to ex-offenders re-entering society. The complete article “Should You Hire An Ex-Con?” is available on the Forbes.com website at www.forbes.com/sites/louisefron/2016/11/17/should-you-hire-an-ex-con/#4c1617225d24.

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