Recruitment of Former Convicts

Recruitmentof Former Convicts

Thisessay is a discussion of the article entitled Timpsonhas key to giving ex-convicts second chance,by Alistair Osborne. In his article, Osborne is talking about howSusanna, a former convict, is successfully employed at Potters Barwhich is run by James Timpson. Susanna, just like all the other 270Potters Bar staff, joined the company straight from jail. With theservice of the Release on Temporary License (hereafter ROTL) scheme,all the employees of Potters Bar worked in Timpson’s establishmentduring the day, and returned to jail during the night. After theywere done with their sentences, the convicts were absorbed into theTimpson family business where they currently are employed.

Sowhy is Timpson successful in employing former convicts consideringhow lowly they are regarded in the labor market? In his article,Osborne (2016) notes that Timpson calls jail governors, who set upqualifiedprisoners for interviews. Timpson talks about how he works withcategory C and D jails that do not house hardcore criminals likeserial sex offenders or gang members. Once the eligible inmates areidentified, Timpson then goes to the venues of conducting theinterviews where in ten minutes he administers structured questionsseeking to know the inmates’ history, offences, and determine thechances of their reoffending (Osborne, 2016). The convicts that arerecognized to present “low risks” are then signed up for ROTLthrough which upon the completion of their prison sentences, they areabsorbed into Potters Bar as fulltime employees.

Presently,Timpson says that he has in-houseacademiesin three jails where prisoners can learn the shoe repairing and keycutting trades in preparation for their interviews with theexecutives of Potters Bar. Echoing Richard Branson’s opinion,Osborne (2016) observes that Timpson employs former convicts becausethey are human and deserve second chances in life. In her article,Petroff (2016) notes that Richard Branson encourages the recruitmentof former convicts because it potentially lowers the odds ofreoffending, increases the talent pool, and nurtures entrepreneurialspirit in former offenders. Moreover, Petroff (2016) observes that inthe past two year, The Virgin Group has hired 3% of its employeesthrough the ROTL, which according to Richard Branson, doesn’t costthem as much as the standard recruitment drives. In light of thisconcern, Creed (2015) perceptively states that in 2015, the FairChance Act waspassed into law by the council of New York City to prohibit employersfrom asking job applicants whether they had a criminal record upuntil a provisional agreement of employment was offered. This is aclear indication that convicts have the rightto fairtreatmentin the labor market.

Ican positively affirm that these two articles are eye openers. First,I am now aware that former convicts can actually be productivelyemployed irrespective of their dark histories. Besides, they arehuman and they deserve second chances to advance the prospects oftheir existence after they leave the confines of the prison. Second,I have learned that interviews are the best selection tool forconvicts under the ROTL scheme. In these interviews, an examiner canadminister structured questions aimed at shedding light on thehistories of the offenders, while extrapolating their anticipatedfuture behaviors at work. Through the lens of Richard Branson andJames Timpson, I now have a clearly outlined course I can take whenfaced with challenges of hiring former convicts into my workstationin the future. Therefore, I am now more competent because I am armedwith knowledge that can assist ne become a better HR managerespecially when it comes to hiring persons with previous convictions.Former inmates are human as well, and they deserve equalopportunities in the labor market. Accordingly, I will use theinformation acquired from these articles to guide me in futurepractice.


Creed,T. L. (2015, July). Negligent Hiring and Criminal Rehabilitation:Employing Ex-Convicts, Yet Avoiding Liability. SSRNElectronic Journal.doi:10.2139/ssrn.1007280

Osborne,A. (2016, October 31). Timpson has key to giving ex-convicts secondchance. Retrieved November 6, 2016,from son-has-key-to-giving-ex-convicts-second-chance.html

Petroff,A. (2016, July 20). Richard Branson wants your business to hire anex-con. Retrieved November 06, 2016, from virgin-jobs-prison-offenders-convicts/index.html