Recruiting Diverse Professionals
Resources for Working with Ex-Offenders
Department of Corrections will hire people with felony convictions as long as they have been off supervision for at least two years.
Check into the “Ban the Box” initiative -- prevents employers from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions until later in the hiring process,
http://work.chron.com/felony-employment-laws-7962.html -- article with info on state and federal felony related laws. Also has a “do a background check on yourself” resource
http://www.beyondtheconviction.org/welcome-to-our-site/ -- Beyond the Conviction organization – KC, KS based – mission to help “at risk” job seekers
No One is Unemployable (book) --by Debra L. Angel and Elisabeth E. Harney
http://www.helpforfelons.org/felony-expungement-sealing/ -- article on misdemeanor and felony expungement
http://www.startribune.com/new-minnesota-law-makes-it-easier-to-expunge-criminal-records/289846451/ -- article on new MN law passed in 2015 making it easier to get convictions expunged
https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/1179813/ -- Council on Crime and Justice website appears to be down so here is a link to their LinkedIn page which indicates 34 employees
DEED has an Ex-Offender program – also offers workshops from time to time for ex-felons
https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/exoffenders/index.html -- Step Ahead program – career planning resources for people with criminal convictions
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. Provides employers with up to $2,400 (25 to 40 percent of the first $6,000 of first-year wages) if they hire and keep the newly released ex-offender on their payroll.
Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders (book) – by Ron Krannich
https://mn.gov/deed/assets/sept-2015-trends-prisoners_tcm1045-212014.pdf - “Prisoners’ Dilemma” article from 2015 in Minnesota Economic Trends – includes some possible resources to consider