JPMorgan Chase giving 2nd chance to those with criminal background


This article, by Mark Williams originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Friday, November 27, 2019

JPMorgan Chase & Co., central Ohio’s largest private employer, wants to do more to help those with a criminal history find work. The bank is hiring more people with a criminal background and investing in cities in collaboration with businesses to create more opportunities for those struggling to find work because of their past.

JPMorgan Chase - Photo Credit Evan Weese, Columbus Business First

The nation’s biggest bank wants to give people with a criminal background a better shot at finding a job.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., central Ohio’s largest private employer with about 20,000 workers, has laid out an agenda in which the bank is promising to invest more in communities in collaboration with other businesses, including to create more opportunities for more people with a criminal background who are struggling to find work.

“There is a need for businesses to reconsider how they engage and kind of incorporate individuals with criminal histories in their talent pool,” said Monique Baptiste, Chase’s vice president of workforce strategies for global philanthropy.

Chase hired 2,100 people in the U.S. with criminal backgrounds in 2018, about 10% of the company’s new hires. Many were convicted of crimes such as disorderly conduct, drug possession and drunken driving. The workers are employed in entry-level jobs such as processing transactions or servicing accounts.

Beyond that, Chase has committed in cities such as Chicago and Detroit to do more to help