About 600,000: That’s the number of prisoners reentering American communities each year. Whether you know an ex-offender personally or not, you are bound to encounter someone with a criminal background in your day-to-day life.
The stigma around individuals with criminal histories has made their reentry into society exponentially more difficult. Though employers are liable if they discriminate and choose not to hire an individual because of their criminal background, employers can still get away with that bias fairly easily.
“They do their background checks and see something they don’t like, and they say, ‘Oh, we’re sorry, we’re not hiring’ or ‘We found someone else who’s more appealing to us’ . . . They would never even say that it was because of [the background check] or to any degree something beyond that,” explains attorney and Church Law & Tax Editorial Advisor Midgett Parker.