Company Gives Ex-Offenders a Second Chance

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We run across stories like this every so often and feel that it is important to share them with our readers.  Why?  Because they illustrate a couple of key points.  First, there are companies out there that are hiring individuals with criminal records – serious ones at that.  Second, just because someone has a criminal record does not make them totally unfit for employment.  While you will always have those career criminals looking to either hurt or rip someone off, there are those that genuinely have learned their lesson and desperately want a second chance.

When a criminal record is uncovered by a background check, employers should ask themselves the following questions when deciding whether or not to hire the individual:

  • How long ago did the conviction take place?
  • How serious is the offense?
  • Does the nature of the crime impact the candidate’s ability to do the job?
  • Is the person a repeat offender?
  • Has the candidate stayed out of trouble since the conviction occurred?
  • If you are still unsure of whether to hire the person after asking yourself these questions, looking to your company’s legal department for their assessment should be your next step.

    Greystone Logistics gives people with criminal records a new start

    Ann McGlynn, Quad City Business Journal – March 28, 2010

    He saw their faces change every time he said he was fresh out of prison.

    Bill Myrick spent time in federal prison for trafficking meth. Serious time. Thirteen years, to be exact. When he got out, Myrick was ready to work. He applied for 75 jobs in two weeks, but not one company wanted him.

    But one day, a call went out over the loudspeaker at the halfway house where he lived. “Anyone who wants to work, come down to the front desk.”

    Myrick wanted to work, desperately. He went to the front desk. One trip to Greystone Logistics in Bettendorf, and Myrick had a job. A real job.

    “It built my confidence,” said Myrick.

    Myrick is one of approximately 20 people with serious criminal records who work at Greystone. The number hovers around a quarter to a third of the company’s work  force.

    “These are key people in our company,” said Marilyn Crawford, a Greystone supervisor, while motioning around a table with Myrick and three others. “You really can’t judge a book by its cover. You haveto look past the negativeand look at the negative experiences they’ve overcome.”

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