The month of April is historically recognized as Second Chance Month — a time to raise public awareness about giving those who have been convicted of crimes and completed sentences the opportunity for an honest second chance at successfully reentering society.

For employers facing an increasingly tight labor market, second chance hiring also offers a unique opportunity to tap into a ready and willing workforce.

According to a Tennessee Department of Correction report, approximately 15,000 convicted felons are released each year from incarceration or some form of judicial supervision in Tennessee.

Formerly-incarcerated individuals are often highly motivated to gain employment to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions associated with their release. Many second chance hires have also gained significant and valuable skills while incarcerated such as high school diplomas, vocational trades and postsecondary degrees.

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