Reentry and Fair Chance

Checkr Education

At Checkr, we aim to build a fairer future by improving understanding of the past. Today, as many as 1 in 3 Americans have a criminal record, these individuals can find themselves in a cycle of recidivism largely because when someone has a conviction history, their job application is met with greater scrutiny and bias. 


There is good news. Employment is the single most important influence on decreasing recidivism according to a 2011 study. Fair chance hiring isn’t just a strategic move to widen your funnel of top talent, it’s also an opportunity to change lives, end cycles of recidivism and create positive social change. This is where you and your organization can make a difference, and Checkr has the resources to get you started. 

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Why this matters

Americans have some type of record 


individuals are returning to their communities weekly


of employers run pre-employment screenings


legal barriers to employment 

77 million

Reentry Challenge

Self Paced Simulation

In our Reentry Challenge simulation, walk in the shoes of someone reentering society, and discover the barriers to reclaiming normalcy, such as the challenges of getting a stable job, a place to live, and support networks.


Getting started with fair chance 


Criminal records can lead to a recidivism cycle. Learn how fair chance employment can change that. 

We have created a Fair Chance Playbook "The Diversity Group You're Overlooking: How to be a Fair Chance Employer" to help you understand the benefits of fair chance hiring, how to build a fair chance hiring plan for your organization, the tools for conducting a skills based interview, and how to set your fair chance talent up for long term success.

Fair chance impact: communities, companies, individuals

Giving individuals a fair chance at employment doesn't just help that individual, the ripple effect is wide.


  • 82% of managers feel that the "quality of fair chance talent" is about the same or higher than that of workers without records (SHRM) 

  • Employees with records had a 13% lower turnover rate, saving companies money (Source)

  • 81% of individuals who had a criminal conviction did not commit a new reportable offense within year 1 (Checkr Reoffense Data Study)

Checkr's emphasis on diversity and belonging


Learn about our journey and our distinct approach to create a culture of belonging. Gain insight into the goals we have set for diversity and belonging at Checkr.

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