A Life Sentence: Understanding and Breaking Down the Barrier of a Criminal Background to Work

WEDNESDAY 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Racial Equity, Healthcare

Across the country systemic barriers disproportionally affect people of color thus narrowing employment possibilities for individuals and talent pools for businesses. Barring individuals with criminal histories from employment is one of these barriers. Understanding the economic cost of legal restrictions that block access to jobs long after a sentence is served, and awareness of what changes can be made to improve equity and competitiveness without compromising public safety is imperative. This session will explore research from Northeast Ohio quantifying the economic cost of excluding workers with a criminal background and lift up two examples of healthcare employers in Greater Chicago that are working to expand access to healthcare careers to those who are typically excluded.