We understand that criminal records do not always tell the whole story. You have the right to submit a more detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding your record(s) to the company you applied with.
This explanation is called "Evidence of Rehabilitation and can include:
- Proof of enrollment or completion of school (High School, GED, Associate or Bachelor Degree, etc.)
- Letter of recommendation from previous teachers or professors
- Proof of completion of a rehabilitation program after the conviction
- Letter from probation or parole officers attesting that you satisfied all terms of probation or parole
- Letters from recovery programs and/or counselors attesting to your current state of rehabilitation
- Letters of recommendation from counselors, instructors or employers
- Proof of community service, education or other self-improvement efforts after you completed your sentence, probation or parole
- Evaluations by a psychologist or other mental health professional
- Letters of support from other people not mentioned above, attesting to your rehabilitative status
- Personal statement describing your rehabilitative efforts, or any changes you have made to improve your life
Please see the attached document for more examples and sample letters. Note that while the company you applied with will consider the evidence of rehabilitation, they still may not forward with you as a candidate. Evidence of rehabilitation is not a guarantee of employment.