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Utah’s Criminal Justice Reform Failed to Reduce Number of Reoffenders

In 2014, Utah legislators implemented extensive criminal justice reform with the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to reduce both the number of people sent to prison and those who later reoffend.  A legislative audit released this week shows that only one of those goals was met – the number of prisoners, especially those …

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Virginia Rape Suspect Kills Accuser After Being Released Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Ibrahim E. Bouaichi shot and killed Karla Elizabeth Dominguez Gonzalez, who had accused him of rape and testified against him in December. Due to the pandemic, a judge had released him from jail in April, as he was awaiting his rape trial without bond. Before he could be arrested for her murder, Bouaichi died from …

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FDIC Issues Rule to Make it Easier for Individuals with Certain Minor Criminal Offenses to Get Work in Banking Industry

Effective September 21, 2020: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently approved a final rule to revise Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, which prohibits a person who has been convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or money laundering, among others from participating in banking without the FDIC’s consent. Under …

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Pennsylvania Bill Makes It Easier for People with Criminal Convictions to Find Employment

The Pennsylvania Governor recently signed Senate Bill 637, with an effective date of December 28, 2020, removing criminal record restrictions in job licensing in the state. Under the new law, boards and commissions will no longer be permitted to use an applicant’s criminal history to deny that person a license.  They may also not consider …

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The Unmasking

A Worldwide Pandemic Helps Reveal the Truth Behind Working with Small Businesses By: Christine Cunneen As the owner of a small business, it is probably not surprising that I have strong feelings about the unique value small businesses bring to the table for their employees, communities, and clients and customers. However, it has never been …

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At the Crossroads of Reintegration and Recidivism

Last month, the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) announced the launch of “Getting Talent Back to Work,” a national initiative supporting the hiring of individuals with criminal records.  Through this “second-chance” initiative, business executives and association leaders are asked to take a pledge to consider qualified individuals for job opportunities, regardless of any criminal …

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Hire Image’s Top 10 Background Screening Predictions for 2019

When it comes to background screening, drug screening, and employment verification, those in the background screening industry must keep informed of the ever-changing rules, regulations, laws, and court decisions. What are the most impactful topics facing the industry for 2019?  Of those, what will have the greatest impact on the practice of human resources related …

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