NC Attorney General Recommends Hiring Ex-cons as ‘Exceptionally Motivated’ Workforce
Over 22,000 inmates are released from North Carolina correctional facilities each year, and they comprise a hidden workforce pool that employers shouldn’t overlook. “We have a tight labor market, and people leaving prison are exceptionally motivated to get a job,” NC Attorney General Josh Stein said at a recent discussion hosted by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. “And it requires employers overcoming prior stigma in order to be open to the idea of hiring somebody who is leaving incarceration.” Alan Wilson, attorney-general of South Carolina, joined Stein for the event and echoed his sentiments. The Second Chance Act bill, passed this year by the NC Senate with bipartisan support, would expunge the records of people who have had charges dismissed or were found not guilty of nonviolent and nonsexual crimes. Supporters of the legislation say it increases the chances of getting a job or finding housing. The bill awaits action in the NC House. The moderated discussion was part of the Goodwill Opportunity Campus’s “Untapped Potential” series.
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