Second Chance Employers Network

These companies have created fair chance hiring 

Here at Jails to Jobs we get regular phone calls from companies asking how they can become second chance employers and hire workers who were formerly incarcerated. And we tell them that the best thing they can do is to learn from those who have already done it.

There are many ways to operate a second chance hiring program, each as unique as the people who put it together. We’ve created a new resource — the Second Chance Employers Network — to inspire employers as they consider starting one of their own.

We’re including the stories of a variety of second chance employers, from small to large. And in industries ranging from restaurants and recyclers to employment agencies and manufacturers. You’ll learn what their businesses are all about, how they created second chance hiring, and what they learned in the process.

If you’d like more information, many of them will be happy to talk to you. Most people doing this work feel they’re part of an important movement that is helping create a more diverse workforce and a more equitable and just society. Other helpful tips on how to begin a second chance hiring program and find dedicated employees can be found here.

This is definitely a work in progress, and we’re just getting started. If you — or anyone you know — has a similar story to share, please contact us, and we’d be happy to include you and others in this resource.

Learn about second chance employers

Company nameRegion(s) Served
All Star Labor & StaffingOregon
Caudill Seed Co.National
Crossroads Solar South Bend, IN
Expedited Transport AgencyU.S. Mexico and Canada
Flagger ForceFlagger ForceEast and Southeast U.S.
Frontier Co-opInternational
Greyston BakeryYonkers, NY
Georgia Pacific logoGeorgia PacificNational
Honest Jobs National
I Have a Bean/Second Chance Coffee Wheaton, IL
Indeed National
John Hopkins logoJohns Hopkins MedicineBaltimore, MD
Kelly 33 Kelly Services, Inc. National
Manufacturing Institute logoThe Manufacturing InstituteNational
MOD Super Fast Pizza LLC. National
Pacific Artisan LabsPacific Artisan LabsPortland, OR
Denver, CO
Greensboro, NC
RecycleForce Indianapolis, IN
R&R Head LabsDenver, CO
Rhino FoodsNational
Schnitzer SteelU.S., western Canada and Puerto Rico
Spir Candle Co.National
Tech Valley ShuttleGreater Albany, NY
Union Pacific logoUnion Pacific RailroadNational
U.S. Rubber Recycling National
Vinyl Kraft Windows and DoorsMidwest and East U.S.
Working FieldsVermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts

The Second Chance Business Coalition is an organization of more than 45 major corporations dedicated to “expanding opportunities to employment and greater upward mobility for people with criminal records.”

White House Fair Chance Business Pledge

The Obama White House created the Fair Chance Business Pledge in 2015. This initiative encourages businesses to offer employment opportunities to those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Companies, organizations and educational institutions that have signed it are listed below. And, once you decide to establish second chance hiring practices, you can sign it too.

Large Employers

  • American Airlines
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Best Buy
  • Busboys and Poets
  • CVS Health
  • Coca-Cola
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Gap
  • Georgia -Pacific
  • Google
  • Greyston Bakeries
  • Hersheys
  • Intel
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • Kellogg Company
  • Kevin Plank Industries
  • Koch Industries
  • Kroger
  • LinkedIn
  • Lyft
  • Microsoft
  • Monsanto
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • PepsiCo.
  • Perdue Farms
  • Prudential
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • The Libra Group
  • TrueBlue
  • Tyson Foods
  • Uber
  • UnderArmour
  • Unilever
  • VICE Media
  • Walmart
  • WeWork
  • Xerox

Small/Medium Sized Businesses

  • 21st Century Telecommunications, Inc.
  • 3D PARS
  • ALB3 Consulting Research & Management
  • Aesthetics On The Glow
  • African-American Chamber of Commerce of NJ, DE and PA
  • Al Abbas Cookies
  • Allegra Marketing & Print
  • Alley Taco
  • American Eagle Sealcoating and Asphalt LLC
  • Amity Foundation
  • Andrews Funeral Home
  • Anti-Recidivism Coalition
  • Anzures Worldwide
  • Aone Contracting & Supply
  • Approved Storage and Waste Handling, Inc.
  • Asian Media Access
  • Associated Students Inc., San Francisco State University – Project Rebound
  • Avalon Breads
  • Bailey Insurance Services LLC
  • Beatrice Ewing Park Service Station
  • Berry Much Yogurt
  • Bob Barker Company
  • Brockman Tree and Lawn Care LLC
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Brooks Lumber
  • Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles, LLC
  • Building Entrepreneurs for Success in Tennessee (BEST)
  • Butterball Farms, Inc.
  • Byblos
  • C.H. Robinson
  • C.W. Morris – J.W. Henry Funeral Home
  • CPG Partnership Strategies LLC
  • CSI Saddlepads LLC
  • Caffe Lubena
  • Capital Area ReEntry Coalition
  • Capital Oversight Inc
  • Capitol City Contracting, Inc.
  • Capozzi flooring
  • Carosella Design Build, Ltd.
  • Carpenter’s Shelter
  • CarryHOT, Inc.
  • Cava Grill
  • Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America
  • Center for Living and Learning
  • Center for Self-Sufficiency
  • City Sandwich NYC
  • Civil Survival
  • Clif Bar
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Conscious Connections LLC
  • Contemporary Family Services Inc
  • Cornerstone Baptist Church
  • Court Programs, Inc.
  • Crescent River Consulting
  • D.C. Central Kitchen
  • DRP Systems
  • Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation
  • David’s Hope
  • Decisive Media Inc
  • Deep Still Water Institute
  • Dillard & Associates
  • Disruption LLC
  • Dixon’s Developments, LLC
  • Ecolibrium3
  • Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute
  • Element 9
  • Epic Pest Control & Landscape Services, Inc.
  • Every Dog Has Its Day Care
  • Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
  • Fair Chance Workforce Interface LLC
  • Fair Shake
  • FirmGreen, Inc
  • Flux Resources, LLC
  • FoodCorps, Inc.
  • Fried Green Fryer Team
  • Friends Outside
  • Friends of Guest House
  • Future Executives Inc
  • GRID Alternatives
  • Garden of Eden & Associates, Inc.
  • GeoFi
  • Get Ready Driving Academy
  • Glassdoor
  • Global Agro Commodities LLC
  • Golden State Foods Corp.
  • Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
  • Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest
  • Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
  • Grandy’s Coney Island
  • Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Green Dot Stables
  • Hamilton County Office of Reentry
  • Hand in Hand Soap
  • Hollywood Impact Studios
  • HopCat Detroit
  • I.Buss & Allan Uniform Company, Inc.
  • IT Total Care, Inc.
  • InService Enterprise, LLC
  • Isidore Electronics Recycling
  • J&X Energy LLC
  • JAX Chamber
  • JSJ Staffing, LLC
  • Jeff’s 40 Minute Cleaners
  • Kansas City Community Source, Inc.
  • Konsultera
  • Lawson Screen & Digital Products, Inc.
  • Leblanc Consulting
  • Life Restoration CEDA
  • Linden Resources
  • Livin Lovely United, LLC
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Living Stones International
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles Black Worker Center
  • Los Angeles Conservation Corps
  • Lou’s Deli
  • Lowers Risk Group
  • M & V Provisions Co., Inc.
  • MDG Barber Inc.
  • MI United
  • MOD Pizza
  • Makin’ Movez LLC
  • Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia
  • Maria’s Italian Kitchen
  • Mark O’s Bar & Grill
  • Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Mission: Launch, Inc.
  • Moe Appliance
  • Multisorb Technologies
  • Museum Cafe
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications
  • My Urban Garden Soap
  • NXIS Enterprises, LLC
  • National Dry Goods Company
  • National Policy Alliance
  • Nehemiah Manufacturing
  • New England Blacks in Philanthropy
  • New York Fashion Police
  • NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc.
  • Newton Brown Urban Design
  • Nexus Services, Inc.
  • Nolef Turns Inc
  • Nova Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Novo Community Foundation
  • O’Neill Construction Group
  • Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR)
  • Olive Branch Village Project
  • Oscar’s Coney Island
  • PLR Services
  • POP! Gourmet Foods
  • PRO-A
  • Pass Job Connection
  • Path to Freedom
  • Patten Energy, Inc.
  • Paxen Learning Corp.
  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Philly Shipyard, Inc.
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
  • Pioneer Overhead Door
  • Portland Bottling Company
  • Price Fresh Pak
  • Project Return
  • Q Stride Inc.
  • RECAP, Inc.
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Restoration Law Center
  • Revolve Impact
  • Rivanna Natural Designs, Inc.
  • Roman Labor Services Corp.
  • Root & Rebound
  • Ru’Day’s Helping Hands
  • Runnels Foundation
  • SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc.
  • Safe & Sound Hillsborough
  • Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
  • San Diego & Imperial Counties’ Roofers, Waterproofers Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Saucy By Nature
  • Shelter Care Ministries
  • Shinola Detroit, LLC
  • Six Mile Regional Library District
  • Skill Source Group
  • Solar Screen, Inc.
  • Solar States
  • Spartan Staffing
  • SpringDot, Inc.
  • St. Louis Wing Company LLC
  • StepUp Durham
  • Student Success Institute
  • SunHarvest Solar
  • Sungevity, Inc.
  • Super Tek Group
  • Sustainable Construction Corporation
  • TBS Facility Services Group
  • TakeAction Minnesota
  • Taqueria El Nacimiento
  • Tech Dump Electronics Recycling
  • Teslights, LLC
  • Texas Central Partners, LLC
  • The Actors’ Gang
  • The BeBe Group
  • The CPAI Group, Inc.
  • The Exigency Group
  • The Feminist Wire
  • The Grey Door Boutique
  • The Greystone Group Inc.
  • The Lake Alabaster Box
  • The Lancaster Food Company
  • The Last Mile
  • The National Incarceration Association
  • The Pate House
  • The Phax Group, LLC
  • The Water Station
  • Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
  • Together We Bake
  • Total Wine & More
  • Trade Off Construction Services
  • TransNation Holdings, LLC
  • Transmedia Capital
  • Trinosophes
  • USA Built Corporation
  • Union Square Hospitality Group
  • Union Supply Group
  • Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
  • United Exchange Corporation
  • Urban Ashes
  • Vaughan’s Public House
  • Verge Studios, LLC
  • Veterans on the Rise, Inc.
  • Virginia Correctional Enterprises
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • Wash Cycle Laundry Inc.
  • Weavers Way Cooperative Association
  • Wellness Enterprises, Inc.
  • Westside Foods
  • Work in Progress
  • Year Up
  • Your Dog’s Best Friends
  • Yuca’s
  • Zaraxo
  • oGoing Inc.

National Organizations

  • ACLU
  • American Sustainable Business Council
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Small Business Majority

Higher Education Institutions

  • Ancilla College
  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Boston University
  • City University of New York
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Eastern University
  • Howard University
  • New York University
  • North Park University
  • Nyack College
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Rutgers University (Biomedical and Health Sciences, Camden, Newark and New Brunswick)
  • Saint John’s University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stratford University
  • State University of New York
  • Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
  • University of California System
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington

SCA Grantee Program Map

National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) – Maintains a directory of all current Second Chance Act grantees around the country and has compiled a comprehensive reentry grant profile for each state.