People Want Jobs That Align With Their Social Justice Beliefs. How Can Businesses Meet Those Expectations?

To attract the talent necessary to achieve business success, companies must also pursue social justice success. Editorial

Businesses across America are in a fierce competition for talent. Labor shortages are at historic levels, and new surveys show that winning employees isn’t as simple as it once was. While salary and benefits will always be critical factors in a prospective employee’s decision, 61% of workers say that they also evaluate employers on social issues, and roughly 80% expect their company to act on matters such as racism and social justice.

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Biden can redeem checkered past and regenerate hope for millions with criminal justice reform

The Hill Opinion Editorial

As President Biden works to fulfill his campaign promise of healing America and defeating systemic racism, he is haunted by a skeleton in his closet: His leading role in the passage of the 1994 crime bill, a major accelerator for mass incarceration, has many black and brown Americans feeling skeptical about his commitment to reform. But like justice-involved individuals, President Biden deserves a chance at redemption.

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For A More Just Texas, We Must Restore Hope for the Formerly Incarcerated

It is well documented that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs applies to individuals during incarceration and upon returning back to the community. Of the five levels of the hierarchy of needs, physiological needs are first and the minimum necessity for every person. But accessible and affordable housing remains elusive for many recently released individuals. Even as we make strides across the state and the nation to work through justice and prison reform issues, new barriers arise for families that are justice-involved. Here in Texas new rules that would restrict or even permanently bar justice-involved individuals from receiving state-supported housing are under consideration. This is just one of countless examples of the ways our society makes it harder for those leaving prison to avoid recidivating.

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Why we should pardon the Jon Ponders, Alice Marie Johnsons of the world

Fox News Opinion Editorial September 9, 2020

President Trump put criminal justice reform front and center during the Republican National Convention last month when he pardoned Jon Ponder and Alice Marie Johnson. Trump’s decision to pardon this man and woman, who have paid their debts to society, is worthy of celebration, and it should remind us that pardons are not political tools but instruments of restorative justice. Presidents, governors, and legislatures must expand the use of pardons at the federal and state level to eliminate some of the lifelong collateral consequences of incarceration.

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2020 Race Could Come Down to a ‘War of Words’ on Justice Reform

Inside Sources Opinion Editorial

Both political parties seem acutely aware that America has reached a moment of reckoning on justice reform. Since the death of George Floyd, Americans have poured into the streets to deliver an indictment on America’s recent past, in which leaders of both parties have failed to fix the inequities of a lopsided system.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump each have an opportunity to claim the mantle of reform. But to do so, they must choose a side in the war of the words.

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Changing The Way We Dialogue About Justice Reform

Law 360 Opinion Editorial

A recent opinion piece in The Hill by DeAnna Hoskins[1] states that there is a missed opportunity to change how the country sees the justice system reform efforts due to the language being used to discuss it; and I agree.

To use terminology such as “inmate,” “offender,” “convict,” “felon,” “criminals” — even with the “ex” — invokes despair, and despair leads to the loss of hope, and the loss of hope leads to depression. This negative language is impactful regardless of whether it comes from public, private or philanthropic sectors.

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