1 In 2 Employers Knowingly Hired Convicted Criminals

employers hiring criminals
employers hiring criminals

By Debra Auerbach

More than 92 million individuals have a criminal history on file in state criminal history repositories, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Having a criminal past can potentially haunt someone's future, especially when it comes to seeking employment. Yet a new CareerBuilder survey shows that companies are open to giving people second chances.

According to the study, 51 percent of human-resource managers reported that their organizations have hired someone with a criminal record. The study included 2,298 U.S. hiring managers and human-resource professionals ages 18 and over and was conducted between May 14 and June 4, 2012.