As many as 100 million Americans (1 in 3) have some type of criminal record, and many have served their time, reentered our communities, and encountered barriers trying to find employment.

Key points

  • Unemployment is a major predictor of recidivism in the United States.
  • Employers oftentimes overlook the population of individuals with criminal backgrounds when developing their workforce.
  • Research and studies point out that individuals with criminal backgrounds have proven to be loyal and dedicated employees.
  • In 2014, the population of individuals unemployed due to a criminal background accounted for a $78–87 billion dollar loss in GDP.
  • Employing individuals with criminal records is key for successful community supervision.