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Letter to the Editor: A Second Chance is Worth the Risk

The Commercial Appeal Click here to see the full story. Questions have been raised recently about the logic of hiring ex-felons for jobs throughout the Memphis area. Although no one would argue that crime should ever be tolerated or repeated, a larger picture needs to be considered. To automatically reject a person who’s made poor choices in the past and never allow them to get off of the mat may not be in the best interest of our city. A good employer shouldn’t feel pressure to hire individuals just because they do or don’t have criminal backgrounds, but rather because […]

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Proof in Results for HopeWorks

TOM WILEMON | The Daily News HopeWorks, with a reputation for turning people’s lives around, now has the tracking data to prove it. Less than 10 percent of its graduates from January 2006 to April 2010 who had criminal backgrounds ended up back behind bars. The faith-based program teaches job skills and provides career counseling to the chronically unemployed, including people with felony records. HopeWorks recently put the names of 211 graduates into a database after looking through four years worth of documents. Of that number, 112 had prior criminal backgrounds, but only 11 committed additional crimes after graduating. Ron […]

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