Audioconference to focus on hiring people with criminal records
Recently several cities, including Boston and Chicago, have moved to limit discrimination in city hiring practices against convicted criminals. The Washington-based National League of Cities is planning a free audioconference for Jan. 18 to allow interested members to talk with administrators in those cities and other advocates about providing career opportunities to people with criminal records as a method of rehabilitation.
Several polls indicate that a majority of Americans support rehabilitation as a means to reduce criminal recidivism. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says the city wants to change its policies to set an example in the private sector. “We cannot ask private employers to consider hiring former prisoners unless the city practices what it preaches,” he says. Daley’s assistant, Angela Rudolph, will be one of the speakers for the audioconference.
The audioconference is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the deadline for registration is Jan. 16. Only a limited number of participants will be included in the call. To register, send an e-mail to [email protected] or fax to (202) 626-3043. Registered participants will be sent a fax or e-mail providing a toll-free number to join the audioconference.