Fair Chance Licensing Reform: Opening Pathways for People with Records to Join Licensed Professions

Licensing standards that create barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions need to be reformed. This report provides a list of states already undertaking reform, a model op-ed, draft legislation, and a fact sheet summarizing the report. The appendix provides data on each states’ licensing standards, the estimated number of people with convictions, and additional demographic data for context.


Avery, B., Emsellem, M., & Hernandez, P. (2017). Fair Chance Licensing Reform: Opening Pathways for People with Records to Join Licensed Professions. National Employment Law Project. https://s27147.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/FairChanceLicensing-v4-2019.pdf

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