He added that it’s helpful to “have a positive attitude when someone Googles your name, so your problem or your past isn’t the first thing that comes up. First impressions are everything. If they search you and the first thing they see is your criminal record, then you’re off to a bad start.”
LinkedThru’s work is grassroots and dedicated; This is very common in efforts to help people leaving prison. It is very rare to develop programs – which have already started to deal with housing, health care, finances, employment, family reunification, and testing needs – to use digital technology and digital history.
One way can being of organizations that have more resources to move forward. If tech companies want to engage with the talents of the hundreds of thousands of people who come out of prison every year, they must also recognize their role in perpetuating and perpetuating discrimination on a much larger scale than their efforts to train or hire people with backgrounds. . People with a criminal record should have their criminal records indexed in Google search results and on police department Facebook pages; the emergence of “people-hunting” websites that make money by posting publicly available criminal records obtained through data brokers who profit from criminal records; and bad data issues on background checks.
Tech companies also have big issues with representation of brands. Statistics show that more than 80 percent of the top tech professionals are white, and 2 to 5 percent are Black. In contrast, one in nine black American men between the ages of 20 and 34 is in prison. If tech wants to tackle racial justice, prisons are the place to start. “If companies are interested in hiring returning citizens, they have to start from within,” Ford said. This means practical training for people in prison and a direct transition to meaningful work, and on a much larger scale.
It also means examining corporate practices that increase inequality in the criminal justice system, such as expanding search engines and social media takedown requests to include criminals and ex-criminals. It means companies like Airbnb, Care.com, and Uber to review their bans on people with criminal records that are not based on time, age, rehabilitation, or redemption. It means recognizing that removing people from digital life because of a criminal conviction also means joining a legal system that is shown to be extremely discriminatory.
It also means realizing that we all have things in our past that we want to let go of. William said: “Most of us make mistakes, we all face problems. “Many children do not know how to go with them. Just to give them the recognition that if they make a mistake or do something wrong-give them time for redemption, so they can learn from it and move on. I just believe that everyone deserves a second chance. “
Updated 11/14/2022 8:40 am ET: This article has been updated to clarify that Amy Zhang is a recent Emerson student, not a current student as previously reported.