PROVIDING A SECOND CHANCE AT SUCCESS: President Donald J. Trump is advancing second chance hiring to help give all Americans the opportunity to work towards a brighter future.  

  • The Trump Administration is promoting second chance hiring to ensure Americans have opportunities to succeed after leaving prison.
  • The President is mobilizing resources across his Administration to boost second chance hiring.
    • The Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons is launching a new “Ready to Work Initiative” to connect employers directly with former prisoners.
    • The Department of Labor is awarding more than $2 million to States to support fidelity bonds that will underwrite companies that hire workers with criminal backgrounds.
    • The Department of Education is expanding an initiative that allows individuals in prison to receive Pell Grants to better prepare themselves for the workforce.
    • The Office of Personnel Management is working to make USAJOBS – the Federal Government’s job listings – available to individuals in Federal prison and upon release.
  • The Trump Administration is working with the private sector and non-profit organizations to help give former prisoners a second chance at the American dream.
    • Employers realize that second chance hiring is good for their businesses, especially in today’s thriving economy where there are far more job opportunities than job seekers.
    • Non-profits play a critical role by providing transitional assistance, counseling, housing, and education to former prisoners so they may become productive members of society.

FROM THE FIRST STEP TO A SECOND CHANCE: The First Step Act and second chance hiring are part of President Trump’s agenda to create opportunity for all Americans.

  • Second chance hiring builds on the success of the historic First Step Act signed into law by President Trump in December 2018. The First Step Act created a fairer justice system for all and enacted programs to reduce recidivism and make our communities safer.
  • This landmark legislation reformed policies that failed Americans for decades and enabled some offenders to petition for a review of their sentences.
  • Since the First Step Act was signed into law, 90 percent of those who have had their sentences reduced are African American.

LIFTING UP OUR WORKERS, BUSINESSES, AND COMMUNITIES: The American people, our businesses, and our communities all benefit from second chance hiring.

  • Second chance hiring gives former prisoners the chance to successfully reenter society and live a life with dignity and meaning.
  • Instead of struggling to find the talent they need, businesses that hire former prisoners can often gain productive and dedicated workers.
  • All Americans benefit when former prisoners are able to find an occupation and a purpose rather than returning to crime.