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SHRM pledge promotes second chances for convicts


Feb. 1, 2019
By William Ehart

Associations and companies representing more than 60 percent of workers have committed to increase opportunities for the formerly incarcerated, according to Johnny Taylor, CEO of the $139 million-revenue Society for Human Resource Management. The largely untapped population can be a source of labor in a tight market, he said.

The employers, including at least four national associations, have signed SHRM’s Getting Talent Back to Work pledge. SHRM also developed a toolkit to help employers working with employees recently out of prison.

The pledge and the toolkit were formally introduced at a Koch Seminar Network event in late January, where Taylor was among a group of speakers including Charles Koch, of Koch Industries, Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of companies, and Alice Johnson, who was granted clemency by President Donald Trump after serving 21 years in prison. Koch advocates for criminal justice reform, among other things.