Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2021, the City of Memphis, Tennessee, announced a partnership with grocery store chain Kroger to provide job opportunities to ex-offenders with prior criminal records who graduate from second chance programs to help reduce the rate of recidivism, according to a news report from FOX13 in …Continue reading "Second Chance Programs in Memphis TN Help Ex-Offenders Find Jobs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A “Performance Audit of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative” report to the Utah Legislature released in October 2020 revealed that despite the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to reduce the number of people sent to prison and those who re-offend, the audit found rates of “recidivism” …Continue reading "Audit Finds Utah Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Failed to Reduce Recidivism"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 1, 2020, a class action complaint was filed in a New York district court that accused online grocery store FreshDirect “of categorically excluding from employment workers with certain types of criminal records, in violation of New York laws barring race and other discrimination,” Bloomberg Law …Continue reading "Lawsuit Claims Background Checks Violated New York Laws for Ex-Offenders"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 4, 2019, Oklahoma – the state with the second highest incarceration rate in the United States – freed 462 inmates from prison through commuted sentences under House Bill 1269 (HB 1269), the largest such action in state and national history, “giving hundreds of non-violent, low-level …Continue reading "Oklahoma Frees 462 Inmates in Largest Single Day Commutation to Give Offenders a Second Chance"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With “an estimated 23.5 million adults in recovery from substance use disorder and 5 million people who were formerly incarcerated” – along with a historically low unemployment rate causing a hiring crunch in a tight job market – employers that need workers may consider these two previously …Continue reading "Employers May Consider Ex-Offenders and People Recovering from Substance Use Disorders in Hiring Crunch"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Should employers consider workers with a criminal record? Dawn Standerwick, Vice President of Strategic Growth at Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background screening firm headquartered in California, helps employers answer that question in an article she wrote for the publication “2019 In Search of Excellence in …Continue reading "Background Screening Expert Explains Why Employers Should Consider Workers with Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – has released a complimentary white paper entitled “A Guide to Following California, Los Angeles & San Francisco Fair Chance Hiring and Ban the Box Laws” to help employers …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases Guide to California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Ban the Box Laws"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 7, 2019, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced California Assembly Bill 1076 (AB 1076) to efficiently automate the arrest and conviction relief for eligible ex-offenders, according to a press release on Assemblymember Ting’s website.Continue reading "California Introduces Legislation to Automate Arrest and Conviction Relief for Eligible Ex-Offenders"