Recent research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University looked at whether organizations should consider hiring people with criminal records. Contrary to the fears of many employers, the answer according to the Kellogg study is that ex-offenders often make good employees. Kellogg researchers looked at 1 million employment records available from 2008 through 2014. A little over a quarter of the records were of ex-offenders. Comparing the records, researchers found that people with criminal records were no more likely to be fired than employees without criminal records, nor were they any more likely to quit. Ex-offenders were also likely to be loyal employees and that could save companies money in turnover costs. On the other hand, when they looked specifically at sales jobs, they found that ex-offenders had a 28% higher risk of being terminated for misconduct than workers with no criminal record. You can read more about the Kellogg study at this link.