Many Americans say they’re comfortable doing business with non-violent ex-cons

Many Americans say they’re ready to do business with companies giving their employees another shot at a law-abiding life after they’ve been convicted of a non-violent crime.

Some 78% of customers say they are comfortable spending their money at a business that employs consumer-facing workers with non-violent criminal records, a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Charles Koch Institute found.

“We now know there’s little truth to the perception that customers will vehemently balk at the idea of shopping at a place that employs people with criminal records,” Vikrant Reddy, a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, said in a statement.

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