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For more resources on issues related to the employment of people with criminal records, visit the National H.I.R.E. Network.  The goal of the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion.

The widespread availability of criminal history information (rap sheets) exacerbates barriers to employment.  For extensive resources on criminal records and policies on waivers, certificates of rehabilitation, and restoration of rights, go to the Privacy & Criminal folder.


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  • Criminal Background Checks A Best Practices Guide For Employers (National Employment Law Project)

  • Major U.S. Cities and Counties Adopt Hiring Policies to Remove Unfair Barriers to Employment of People with Criminal Records (NELP)

  • Model State Legislation to Reduce Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records

  • State-by-State Survey - Employer Legal Liability for Hiring Individuals with Criminal Records (Commissioned by Goodwill Industries, 2007)

  • CEO's Rapid Rewards Program: Using Incentives to Promote Employment Retention for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

  • Navigating the Child Support System: Lessons from the Fathers at Work Initiative (Public/Private Ventures)

  • Report and Recommendations to New York State on Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated People

  • Discrimination in Low Wage Labor Markets: Evidence from an Experimental Audit Study in New York City

  • Leaving the Street: Young Fathers Move from Hustling to Legitimate Work

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