Harry Alford, National Black Chamber of Commerce On Workforce Development and Over-Criminalization - 4:36
"Supposedly, they have been rehabilitated and are going back into society, but society doesn't want them, in essence rejects them, because of that past. I think we need to be a little more forgiving and give some second chances out there."
Posted May 04, 2015
There are an estimated 12 to 14 million working age males who are ex-offenders. For this population, finding employment can be a challenge. Applicants with criminal records receive 50 percent less offers for entry level jobs compared to those without records, and for African American former inmates, that statistic jumps to 64 percent. Harry Alford, President of the National Black Chamber of Commerce discusses workforce development and over-criminalization. Alford stated, "Supposedly, they have been rehabilitated and are going back into society, but society doesn't want them, in essence rejects them, because of that past. I think we need to be a little more forgiving and give some second chances out there." Visit the National Black Chamber of Commerce at www.nationalbcc.org or www.Facebook.com/NationalBCC or follow at www.Twitter.com/NationalBCC.
Produced by: National Newsmakers Team
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