Saturday 21 September 2019

Life after prison: Most employers open to hiring ex-inmates

Support: (L-R) Chef Domini Kemp, Mountjoy Governor Eddie Mullins, Solas’s Nikki Gallagher and David Stanton TD
Support: (L-R) Chef Domini Kemp, Mountjoy Governor Eddie Mullins, Solas’s Nikki Gallagher and David Stanton TD

More than 60pc of employers would hire ex-offenders, particularly if they earned qualifications while behind bars, a survey suggests.

The poll was published yesterday as Ibec hosted an event jointly organised with Mountjoy Prison and Solas, the further education and training authority, to explore business and public attitudes to employing former inmates.

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Research firm Amárach asked 1,000 respondents - 27pc of them business leaders - for their views. Only 9pc said it would bother them to be served in a shop by an ex-offender, while 20pc said they would not want such a person as a work colleague. The rest said they would support such employment.

The 270 business leaders were asked what factors would encourage them to hire a paroled prisoner.

Some 82pc would be influenced by the severity of the conviction, and 69pc by whether the person had been convicted as a youth.

Some 67pc said a candidate's chances would improve if they had completed an educational course while jailed.

Irish Independent

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