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Social or human service needs often overshadow or detract from workforce and education efforts. Although business and industry must maintain a safe, drug-free working environment for all employees, a past or current offense can keep a skilled worker out of a job. Past convictions, criminal records and poor credit checks can stay on an individual’s record for years and can be discovered during routine background checks. Employers have the legal duty to enforce due diligence in the hiring process, however, state policymakers can assist individuals with criminal records in overcoming significant and widespread obstacles in securing and maintaining employment.
The Criminal Justice subcommittee will provide policy recommendations specific to justice issues to CSG’s National Workforce Development and Education Task Force. These recommendations will help to inform and educate state policymakers on how criminal justice issues affect state pathways to prosperity, raise awareness about the implications of those outcomes for their state and promote collaboration among all stakeholders.