Should small businesses hire more ex-convicts?

Part of our series on the future of Main Street

Second chances.
(Image credit: (Illustration by Lauren Hansen | Image courtesy iStock))

For hundreds of thousands of Americans, this experience is all too common: You fill out job application after job application and never hear a word back.

In today's impacted labor market, jobs can be hard to come by for just about anyone. But it's even harder for those who have to check the box indicating they've been convicted of committing a crime. At that point, no matter your skills, relevant experience, passion and character, your résumé is almost guaranteed to be tossed aside by a significant number of potential employers.

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