Life-Course and Integrated Theories

Most criminal offenders do not spend their lives in prison. Many are diverted before they are incarcerated, and most leave prison after a relatively short period behind bars. This does not mean that they are completely free because they are involved in community corrections programs. Some offenders are given probation instead of prison, and offenders who serve time and are released from prison are paroled. This video features several companies in Oklahoma that employ ex-offenders.

Video source: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdok/video/roadmap-reentry

1. Why is hiring a former criminal offender good for a company?

2. Why do ex-offenders have difficulty finding employment?

3. What types of companies in this video have hired former offenders?

4. What are the benefits to companies that give offenders a second chance?