Next year, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) will be advocating at the legislature for North Carolina to adopt Fair Chance Hiring policies for public employees. These policies would move the question on criminal history until later in the hiring process, giving people who are justice involved a better chance for face-to-face contact with a potential employer and the opportunity to work and care for their families.
In order to effectively advocate for this policy change, NCHRC has put out a call for stories from people who have had trouble finding work because of former justice involvement.
They are also seeking stories of people who were tried as adults for felonies committed when they were juveniles, who have had trouble finding work, joining in the military, going to school, etc.
If you, someone you know, or a population you work with, has had difficulty finding work, joining the military, going to school, finding housing or education, and other opportunities because of justice involvement or committing an offense as a juvenile, contact Tessie Castillo via email or call 919.809.7718.