For those just getting out of prison and remembering what life was like prior to incarceration, they may recall a time when they were employed, working at a career they thought was fulfilling.
Once they return home and begin that new job search, however, they quickly find out the reality of life for them now.
Jobs are quite difficult to find and may seem impossible to get.
This blog post will address the issue of whether felons make good employees.
- Old Career Path Gone
- Consider the Whole Person
- Numbers Don’t Lie
- Supporting Felons Being Good Employees
- How to Hire a Felon
Old Career Path Gone
That old career path has been overgrown with weeds or simply disappeared. Those whom they expected to hire them and be there for them on re-entering society turn their backs on them.
Fruitless employment hunting begins to wear on them more and more. One rejection after another leads many of them to decide that they are not employable.
Many can become filled with doubt that they maybe were ever a good employee. Society seems to be telling them that. It is discouraging and frustrating.
Those doubts can erode their confidence and leave them in deep self-doubt. This is a crucial time for felons.
Almost 2/3 become so disillusioned they return to a life of crime and are incarcerated again within the first two years after their initial release.
Consider the Whole Person
Those who set a goal and persist in pursuing a job may begin to find out that they are good employees after all. Applications quickly ask the question about a felony conviction.
However, with the Ban the Box initiative in recent years, felons are beginning to get more of a chance to be considered seriously for a job.
Ban the Box directs employers to remove the question of a conviction from the initial application and make it a part of the interview process.
This undertaking has encouraged employers to go beyond the superficial label and take time to look at the person and consider them in whole for that new job.
What makes felons good workers? They have been gone for a number of years since it was a felony conviction with a lengthy prison sentence.
This has given them the chance to reflect on the years they have spent incarcerated and how much of their lives they have wasted because of their crime.
For many, they are grateful to those willing to give them a chance. They are motivated to succeed.
Years of incarceration has made them punctual due to the rigid schedule to which they have had to adhere. They are accustomed to hard work.
Also, many are on probation and have to be accountable to their Probation Officer for finding and holding a job.
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They have understood it would be a struggle and maintained a positive attitude. They have convinced themselves they are employable once again.
They came to the job interview appropriately dressed and groomed. They were on time, polite, respectful and made a good impression. They have persisted until they found a job.
These are exactly the types of qualities a good employee exhibits. Considering the whole person will allow these traits to be revealed.
Numbers Don’t Lie
In an effort to address the question of whether felons make good employees, a study was conducted in the military. In the early 2000’s, felons could obtain a waiver to be allowed to join the armed forces.
Research using the Freedom of Information Act examined the military records of more than one million who enlisted from 2002 to 2009.
The data showed that approximately 5,000 had a felony record. The study examined the number who finished their enlistment successfully and how many received promotions while enlisted as evidence of being a good employee.
The findings showed those with a felony record were just as likely to complete their term as non-offenders. They were also more likely to be promoted and to higher ranks than those without a conviction.
The conclusion, perhaps surprising, was that felons do make good employees. Just ask the military.
Supporting Felons Being Good Employees
Families of felons struggling to find a job need to stand beside them. Ask them to commit to that honest life they have started again.
Don’t let them become so discouraged they give up. For the most part they want to succeed. The alternative to persisting until they become established in a job is to take up that crime-filled life again.
All of you have already seen where that leads, prison. Make it different this time.
How to Hire a Felon
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What do you think about this blog post? Are you or someone you know been in the situation of trying to find a job and be a good employee with a felony? What was like for them, and how did they achieve success? Please tell us in the comments below.