Making DEI Real By Cutting Chains From The Past
Keywords:dei, People of Color, criminal record, equity, reform, employment, racial identity
Pennsylvania has more people walking around with criminal histories than almost any other state in the country, and here, as around the country, people of color are disproportionately burdened by arrests and convictions. Once someone has completed their judge-imposed sentence, they are not free to get back to work: their criminal record keeps them chained to their past. Doing background checks, the vast majority of employers, landlords, academic institutions, and banks include criminal records which are available 24/7/365 in just three clicks. In almost every state, the only way to a clear record is with a pardon from the governor. Thanks to major reforms over the past three years, the pardon process in Pennsylvania costs nothing, takes little time, and does not require lawyers. That’s why all employers should be offering criminal record-clearing services as an employee benefit.
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