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The Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative (CJEI) provides criminal records and employment law training to job seekers who have been involved in the criminal legal system, assists employers in rethinking their approach to hiring, engages in research to study reentry practices, and influences policy makers and legislators on criminal justice reform.

Benefits of Hiring People with Criminal Records

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Employer Benefits

Reduced turnover: Employees with criminal records tend to stay on the job and remain loyal to employers who hire them.

Increased engagement: Many employees with criminal records want to succeed, determined not to return to prison or their previous lifestyle.

Recently acquired skills: Some prisons, reentry services, and diversion programs offer job training to increase employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records.

Tax credits: Employers can receive up to $9,600 for each individual with a criminal record they hire. For more information on an application and eligibility, see: