Are people with criminal records an untapped resource for tech?

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People with criminal records are often shut out of the labour market. But some companies have recognised that so-called ‘second-chance’ and ‘fair-chance’ hiring can help to find more workers.

In this episode of the Next Stage podcast, Checkr co-founder and CEO Daniel Yanisse joins Bloomberg Quicktake editorial producer Sojourner Elleby to find out just how much people with criminal records can offer businesses and society.

Checkr practises what it preaches. According to Daniel: “Checkr started hiring people directly from prison about five or six years ago. And when we gave them some opportunities, they really succeeded, flourished and became our best employees.”

Checkr co-founder and CEO Daniel Yanisse was in conversation with Bloomberg Quicktake editorial producer Sojourner Elleby on Remote at Collision 2023.

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