Studies have shown that employers have a dim view of job applicants with criminal backgrounds, even when those backgrounds include minor non-violent offenses — e.g. possession of a small amount of marijuana or bouncing a check at the grocery store — or even charges that were dismissed.
A survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2012 indicated that employers perform criminal record background checks for nearly 70% of all job applicants. And 73% of the employers surveyed said a non-violent misdemeanor conviction was “very influential” or “somewhat influential” in the employer’s decision to hire the applicant. Even in cases where charges were dismissed — which indicates the applicant was never judged to be guilty of any offense — employers found the charge alone to be influential in the hiring decision at least 30% of the time.
The result? People who have been previously involved with the criminal justice system have a difficult time finding a job, renting an apartment + getting loans for school or to start a business. The Second Chance Act aims to change that.
Under the new law, certain misdemeanor and felony charges that are dismissed or found “not guilty” after December 2021 will automatically be expunged (a.k.a. removed) from a person’s criminal record. Additionally, multiple non-violent misdemeanor convictions can be expunged after seven years of good behavior. The Second Chance Act also closes a loophole left from the successful “Raise the Age” efforts several years ago — juveniles convicted as adults under the former law will now be able to expunge misdemeanor and low-level felony convictions that occurred when those individuals were 16 or 17 years old. To read the complete provisions of the new law, click here.
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Yesterday we asked you to share what you’re up to this holiday weekend + reader Denise P. emailed to let us know —
“My husband and I have organized a Cool Truck Parade Food Drive through Historic Oakwood, benefiting Haven House and The Hope Center.”
Four trucks will depart around 10:30 a.m. and each will follow a designated route through the neighborhood. Neighbors are invited to look out for the trucks — which can be identified by their decorations — and to donate food and toiletry items, which will be picked up along each route. Requested items include canned goods, breakfast bars, juice boxes, toothbrushes, deodorant, and tissues. Bonus: the Awesomettes are scheduled to make an appearance.
At the end of the drive, Open Table Church will accept the donations and distribute them to the specified organizations. Truck routes are indicated by the map pictured above.
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Dish ○ With a new expanded patio, courtesy of the City of Raleigh, Irregardless Cafe has reopened with a new summer menu.TryThis: grilled peach and goat cheese salad, Bernoulli’s wings + blueberry pie. 🥧 ○ Monday is National Fried Chicken Day. Try one of these local spots for your fried chicken fix, or pick up a bucket from Lowes Foods Chicken Kitchen, where all of their chicken is Carolina-raised, antibiotic-free, breaded with local ingredients+ fresh, never frozen. 🍗Ⓟ
Show ○ The Eno River Association (ERA) will present OneEno – EnoFest 2020 — a live broadcast originating from the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham — tomorrow, July 3, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. + a rebroadcast Saturday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Guests include the Hamiltones, Indigo de Souza, and the Chatham Rabbits. Watch the livestream here. 🪕
Community ○ Wake County Libraries has expanded Books on the Gowith new hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program will now include book club kits and discussion titles. More information on how to use the service can be found here. 📚 ○ As of yesterday, the Chapel Hill Library announced it is now fine free — in consideration of low-income and traditionally marginalized populations that library fines disproportionately affect.
ForParents ○ We know being at home with toddlers this year has perhaps been even more challenging than usual. For those needing an additional resource, The Nurtured Nest — a locally-owned family consulting network — is now offering a five-hour virtual class from Raleigh pediatrician Dr. Melinda Beavers. Register here; cost is $35. 🧸
Outdoors ○ The NC Wildlife law enforcement division will promote the national campaign Operation Dry Water this weekend, July 3-5. The campaign spreads public awareness about sobriety while boating and focuses on critical boating law compliance in the NC waterways. 🛥️
TodayIs ○ NC may be among the states with the fewest reported UFO sightings, but that’s no reason to ignore World UFO Day — marked each year on July 2, in honor of the infamous Roswell, New Mexico incident (are we alone?). And considering the Pentagon confirmed the authenticity of at least three UFO videos back in April (in case you missed it!), we’d say that’s cause enough to spend some time peeping the night sky tonight. 🛸
DYK ○ The Blood Connection typically experiences low donor turnout the first week of July. To combat a potential blood shortage, TBC is sweetening the deal — all donors who give blood nowthrough July 7 at a center or mobile drive will receive free COVID-19 antibody testing, a $20 VISA card + a TBC t-shirt(while supplies last). Donors are encouraged to wear masks + make an appointment online to help maintain social distancing. 🩸Ⓟ
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