This project explores how the need for workers in healthcare professions can be partially met by hiring individuals with criminal records who do not pose a risk to public safety. The report is organized around the following five things to consider for employing certain individuals with criminal records in the healthcare sector:
- Growth in the healthcare sector has created a demand for healthcare employees that some individuals with criminal records are qualified to fill safely.
- Improved methods for screening an applicant’s criminal record are being successfully used throughout the country.
- Emergency Medical Technicians, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Community Health Workers are growing healthcare occupations that have been successfully filled by individuals with criminal records.
- The federal government, states, and communities are engaging in efforts to eliminate unnecessary occupational licensing requirements and focus on requirements that are needed for health and safety.
- With appropriate screening, hiring individuals with criminal records can improve the healthcare workforce. (Author abstract)