ESTA BIGLER, The director of the Cornell University Industrial
and Labor Relations School's Labor and Employment Law program
In celebration of Second Chance Month 2021, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) hosted a one-of-a-kind virtual event to discuss the business case for “second chance” hiring: “A Hire Calling.”
On June 13, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued the findings and recommendations from its multi-year inquiry into the scope and impact of collateral consequences across the country.
Second Chance month and, for the Center for American Progress (CAP), an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of helping formerly incarcerated individuals reenter their communities and reunite with their families.
All across the country, as the economy surges and employers struggle to find enough workers, individuals with felony and other criminal records are finding a sliver of a silver lining in the dark cloud of the pandemic.
State leaders discuss recent transformative policies that offer a model for state and federal policymakers to put second chances within reach for workers and families facing the stigma of a criminal record.