A Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development report once highlighted that ex-offenders are perhaps more reliable than is average because they have more to lose from failing a job than anyone else. So, while in certain jobs a check would be called for, businesses need to be aware of the steps needed to hire an ex-offender.
Ex-offenders like former hacker Kevin Mitnick – once a target on the FBI's Most Wanted list but now owns a security firm – prove that it's possible to turn over a new leaf.
In October, Business in the Community launched the 'Ban the Box' campaign, which encourages employers to grade applicants on merit and ability, without any requirement to tick the standard application form box about any unspent convictions.
The charity Business in the Community is calling on UK employers to remove the default criminal-record disclosure tick box from job application forms as part of a campaign addressing the discrimination faced by job-seeking ex-offenders.