How to Get Started in Fair Chance Hiring
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Today, as many as one in three Americans have a criminal record, ranging from minor offenses to extensive conviction histories. In a time of historically high unemployment, finding work becomes especially difficult for those with a criminal record. When someone has a conviction history, their job application is met with greater scrutiny and bias. They’re less likely to have employment. Lacking employment, they can be pushed to commit or recommit offenses out of necessity or stress.
The good news is, employment helps people exiting the jail and prison system become economically stable, and it dramatically reduces their likelihood to return back to the system. As a hiring manager, business leader, or HR leader, this is where you can make an impact and help break the cycle of recidivism.
Fair chance hiring is built on the premise that everyone, regardless of their background, has the right to be fairly assessed for a role they are qualified for.
Join Checkr to hear from Cheri Garcia on how to become a Fair Chance employer. We will cover:
- The benefits of Fair Chance hiring.
- How to create an intentional fair chance hiring plan.
- Connecting with local partners to find fair chance talent.
- Ways to support your fair chance talent.
Cheri Garcia is the Founder of Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency for second chances. Cheri is passionate about helping people with criminal backgrounds and individuals in recovery find transformation through employment or entrepreneurship.
As someone who has re-invented her own life, Cheri wanted to create a company to help others do the same. Before starting Cornbread Hustle, Cheri found her first transformation and recovery through inventing a tanning bed and starting a career in the TV news industry. She later found recovery a second time, but through faith and a sober lifestyle.
Among her many achievements, Cheri was named to the 2021 Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 list of emerging entrepreneurs, and won five of six awards in The Pitch by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, including Social Innovator of the Year.
Ken is the Executive Director of Checkr.org. Prior to Checkr Ken was the Executive Direct of the CROP Organization, a reentry service provider based in Oakland, CA. In 2021, Ken led an effort that resulted in a historic $28.5M investment from the State of California to develop the first residential and tech-centered workforce development program for formerly incarcerated people in the country.
After having spent 24 years himself in the labyrinth of California’s criminal justice system, more than 8 of which in solitary confinement, Ken emerged to become a certified paralegal and policy director for a public interest law firm. Ken’s passion and vision for social justice and the power of transformation have led him to become a sought-after leader and speaker on issues such as criminal justice reform, tech equity, personal leadership, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Governor’s future of work initiative. Ken serves on the Board of the San Mateo Community Colleges Foundation, Turning Basin Labs, and the Law and Social Justice Pathway Program for Oakland High School.