Criminal history

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A more inclusive way forward

Why can’t those with non-violent/non-relevant criminal history be given a second chance to play a contributing role in the workplace?

  • We realize blanket bans on criminal history don’t work, and we’re continuing our efforts around individualized criminal background assessments—opening more opportunities for those who deserve a second chance.
  • We’ve removed criminal history detail from our employment application.
  • We commissioned a national survey for Second Chances Month and found that Americans overwhelmingly support putting an end to discrimination against job seekers with criminal backgrounds.
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Source = Center for Economic and Policy Research

1 in 3

In the U.S., approximately 1 in 3 adults has a criminal history.

$80 billion

It costs the U.S. economy nearly $80 billion a year to exclude those with criminal histories from work opportunities.

Kelly 33 Second Chances Program

Your talent pool awaits

One in three (33%) working-age Americans has a criminal history. Some employers disregard this group. Others put them to work and improve their bottom lines.

Kelly 33 connects hiring managers with undiscovered talent looking for a second chance. Trust us…this is a talent pool that wants to work, and they present employers with a golden opportunity to staff up, improve retention and drive profitability.

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Our commitment is clear

At Kelly, we won’t rest until more barriers to workforce entry and advancement are undone. The result? A more inclusive workforce where brighter futures are widespread. This commitment requires long-term grit, new thinking, strong partnerships, and bold action.

Join the movement

We’re creating an alliance of like-minded companies, policy groups, and institutions that will change the way companies hire, advance, and help more people thrive. Whether you’re interested in sharing barriers that your team is working to overcome, or ready to explore partnership opportunities, the time for equity at work is now.

If you’re a job seeker, visit myKellyJobs to find your next opportunity.

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