Employer Resources

Resources for Employers interested in becoming a Second Chance Employer

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your interest in becom­ing a Second Chance Employ­er! Your decision stands to not only bene­fit your com­pany by filling a vacant pos­i­tion with a val­ued employ­ee but also our com­munity, because employ­ing a per­son with a crim­in­al record allows them to improve their fin­an­cial well-being and provide for their fam­il­ies. It also makes for a safer com­munity because hav­ing a job reduces recidivism.

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Why become a second chance employer

Indi­vidu­als with crim­in­al records per­form the same or bet­ter than employ­ees without a record. Three quar­ters of busi­ness lead­ers sur­veyed report that their second chance hires were just as or more depend­able than hires without crim­in­al records, and 81% repor­ted that the cost-to-hire second chance employ­ees was the same or less for hires without crim­in­al records. 1 Second chance hires are more loy­al and have lower turnover rates. 2 In addi­tion, mil­len­ni­als now com­prise a huge per­cent­age of the work force and a major­ity of them want to work for a com­pany that has inclus­ive employ­ment policies and a com­mit­ment to cor­por­ate social responsibility.

Find­ing candidates

Employ­ers are strongly encour­aged to work with a non-profit or gov­ern­ment part­ner that has trained or can refer employ­ment-ready people. These organ­iz­a­tions spe­cial­ize in work­ing with return­ing cit­izens (formerly incar­cer­ated people) and oth­ers with crim­in­al back­grounds. They often provide sup­port to the per­son after he or she is employed, and they are always look­ing for second chance employ­er partners.

Incent­ives to hir­ing return­ing citizens

The Mary­land Fed­er­al Bond­ing Pro­gram pro­tects employ­ers whose second chance employ­ees com­mit fraud, theft, or for­gery. The fed­er­al Work­force Tax Cred­it provides employ­ers a tax cred­it equal to between 25% to 40% of a return­ing citizen’s qual­i­fy­ing wages. Mary­land offers a sim­il­ar state tax credit.

Who can help?

The fol­low­ing Bal­timore-based organ­iz­a­tions can assist employ­ers look­ing to become a second chance employer.

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Turn­around Tuesday

Con­tact: Jer­mi­etra Car­roll, Lead Reten­tion Spe­cial­ist (443) 7940672 email jcarroll@​turnaroundtuesday.​org.

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Cen­ter for Urb­an Families

2201 N. Mon­roe Street

Bal­timore, MD 21217

Phone: (410) 3675691

Web­site: https://​www​.cfuf​.org/​f​o​r​-​emplo…

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Pivot Pro­gram

901 North Milton Ave.

Suite 340

Bal­timore, MD 21205.

4106572352

info@​pivotprogram.​org

Web­site: https://​www​.pivot​pro​gram​.org/

Additional Resources

Amer­ic­an Jobs Cen­ter- list Mary­land Reentry Navigators

Amer­ic­an Job Cen­ter in Bal­timore City- https://​www​.dllr​.state​.md​.us/​c​o​u​n​t​y​/​b​a​city/


Vehicles for Change- https://www.vehiclesforchange.…

Con­tact: Tza­dda Carpenter

Tcarpenter@​vehiclesforchange.​org

4102429674


Mayor’s Office of Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment https://​moed​.bal​timore​city​.gov/


PRE­PARE for Parole​-pre​pare​-parole​.org

Con­tact: kelli@pre​pare​-parole​.org

4432071148


HTP Homes

Con­tact: Claudia Jones

changinglives@​htphomes.​org


PIVOT Pro­gram

Other resources:

We strongly recom­mend inter­ested employ­ers read busi­ness­man, Jef­frey Korzenik’s Untapped Tal­ent: How Second Chance Hir­ing Works for Your Busi­ness and the Com­munity. It is an excel­lent second chance employ­ment how to guide that also includes tem­plates for screen­ing, recruit­ing and coach­ing doc­u­ments along with oth­er excel­lent resources.

Self assess­ment- Answer this 10-ques­tion sur­vey offered by the Soci­ety for Human Resource Man­age­ment. It will use your answers to gen­er­ate a report com­plete with tools and resources that can be used as you pre­pare to become a second chance employ­er. https://www.gettingtalentbackt…