Finding ways to employ ex-convicts is a win-win-win in a tight labor market. Employers are better able to staff their operations. Ex-convicts are given the opportunity for meaningful employment and a livable wage. And society benefits from reduced dependence on government support and recidivism.
Unfortunately, it’s often quite difficult for ex-convicts to find good jobs after they’re released. For one, there’s often a stigma attached to the formerly incarcerated. Employers worry they could be unreliable, violent, or untrustworthy. Additionally, many convicts go to prison with limited education or job training, and prisons don’t always offer resources for developing skills for life after prison.