This initiative could come to Pennsylvania if Gov. Corbett’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan is approved.
On May 17th, a city-sponsored job fair for ex-offenders was abruptly canceled when thousands of applicants swarmed the Municipal Services Building.
More than 70 people sat in a room that was standing-room-only. In the first hour, reintegration specialists set the tone.
Thousands of men and women with résumés in hand stood in orderly lines to speak with employers and apply for services. The city’s attempt to hold the event in May was shut down when the turnout overwhelmed the facility.
Those regulations prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background on the initial application.