Criminal Justice

Second Chances for Prisoners Help All of Us

What happens when you’ve paid your debt to society and come home with a criminal record? Can you find a job, housing, education, even get a driver’s license? For too many, the answer is no.

April 6, 2018

What happens when you’ve paid your debt to society and come home with a criminal record? Can you find a job, housing, education, even get a driver’s license? For too many, the answer is no. And that’s a problem, because an astonishing one in four Americans now carries a criminal record that limits their opportunity to work and contribute.

The Charles Koch Institute and Foundation are committed to a criminal justice system that recognizes the dignity and potential of all people. We support research into  re-entry policies that work, programs that train prisoners in skilled trades and entrepreneurial thinking, and initiatives that keep people from going to prison in the first place.To learn more about what drives hiring decisions involving people with a criminal record, the Charles Koch Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management have conducted a groundbreaking survey of employers and the American workforce.