Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Community Leaders Urge Employers to Give Ex-Cons a Chance

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Community Leaders Urge Employers to Give Ex-Cons a Chance

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A host of government and community leaders pressed Allegheny County employers Monday to consider job applicants with criminal backgrounds, joining a national push led by the White House.

"There are people who want to change their lives. There are people who have served their time. And then they're denied opportunity," said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who appeared at a Downtown press conference alongside County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The men signed the White House Fair Business Pledge, which encourages employers to consider an applicant's criminal history "in proper context" and not "unnecessarily place jobs out of reach for those with criminal records."

Esther Bush, president at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, said former inmates without jobs simply can't support themselves. …

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