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Research 3.1.11

65 Million ‘Need Not Apply’: The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks for Employment

More than 9 in 10 employers report using criminal background checks in their hiring decisions—presenting major barriers to opportunity for job seekers with records. For millions of Americans, the use of criminal background checks has become an immovable obstacle to employment. Not only does this practice prevent people from getting jobs, but it can also negatively affect employers.