EIGHTY EIGHT PERCENT (88%) of incarcerated males and ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) of females incarcerated in North Dakota have a history of substance abuse.
TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND (28,000) people in North Dakota have some degree of a criminal record.
SIXTY SEVEN PERCENT (67%) of released state prisoners, were arrested for a new crime, within three years, and SEVENTY SIX PERCENT (76.7%) were arrested within five years. Nationally, EIGHTY NINE PERCENT (89%) of the people arrested after leaving prison, did not have a job at the time of the re-arrest.
Nationally, over SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND (600,000) people make the difficult transition from prisons to the community each year and although there are many challenges involved in the transition, the roadblocks to securing a job have particularly severe consequences. Employment helps formerly incarcerated people gain economic stability after release and reduces the likelihood that they return to prison, promoting greater public safety to the benefit of everyone. But despite the overwhelming benefits of employment, people who have been to prison are largely shut out of the labor market.
Talent with records have an unemployment rate that is 5x that of workers without records, and a recent study by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found that the main barrier to securing work for this talent pool was not repetition risk or negligent hiring suits - but stigma.
This bias or stigma associated with candidates with records was found clearly in the UCLA study and the report found the following key issue areas for talent with records during the job search:
Dispelling the reoffense myth and striking out stigma towards talent with records is a core element of preparing to become a fair chance employer.
A study from Northwestern University reports that people with criminal records are no more likely to be fired for misconduct than people without records. They’re also less likely to quit, which saves employers a considerable amount by way of turnover costs. Fair chance hiring means increasing fairness, not lowering your hiring standards.
It costs roughly $100 per day to keep someone incarcerated. Consider that the U.S. accounts for 25% of the world’s incarcerated people, and it’s easy to see why the country spends over $80 billion a year on jails and prisons. Recidivism contributes massively to that number. EIGHTY THREE PERCENT (83%) percent of state prisoners are rearrested within nine years of their release.
Imagine how much money could be siphoned away from prisons and jails and into education and other basic needs by simply increasing the number of jobs given to people with criminal records. It would have an astonishing impact on our economy and communities. Getting started with fair chance hiring in your business isn’t just a strategic move to widen your funnel of top talent, it’s also an opportunity to change lives, end cycles of recidivism, and create positive social change all while improving your bottom line.
While the societal benefit is apparent, fair chance hiring also delivers a significant impact on your financial bottom line and organizational culture. Fair chance hiring offers a significant return on investment, from both a performance and retention standpoint. Research shows that when you hire people with criminal records, your retention rates are likely to be higher and turnover to be much lower.
As well, through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, your organization may qualify for a tax credit of $9,600 per employee hired. This credit can have a substantial and direct return on your investment - and bottom line.
Hiring second chance employees through us, allows your organization a "trial period" for second chance employees. We carry the risk burden, while you give the employee a chance to show, there truly is not a greater risk associated with their employment, than that of your other employees.
Our employee's will receive weekly & ongoing support services, including job skills training to ensure they are the best they can be for you.
Paperwork can be daunting. We will work with you to ensure you are able to maximize your WOTC credits, resulting in a direct ROI.
We are committed to breaking the chains of recidivism together. We will therefore, support all personnel matters that may arise.
The Federal Fidelity Bond offers employers an "extra" insurance plan. Protecting organizations from theft of property or money. We will process all bonding activities for you.
A portion of all proceeds from the Fair Chance Employment Staffing Services will be reinvested with F5 Project and will have a direct impact on those who F5 Project serves. The mission of the F5 Project is to create safer communities for everyone throughout North Dakota. F5 Project does this by providing the formerly-incarcerated, secure & stable housing after being released from prison or jails and through peer support services focused on ending recidivism through the creation and development of actionable plans, for each individual, so they serve can ultimately change their lives.