By Taylor Wooten, Indianapolis Business Journal Copyright © 2023 All Rights Reserved, IBJ Photo/Chad Williams
Amid a nationwide worker shortage, central Indiana employers are increasingly taking a chance on new hires who have been arrested or convicted of a crime.
William Eland had just such an opportunity. He pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted armed robbery in 2021, and while on electronic monitoring, he landed a job at RecycleForce. Eland said the work has helped transform him from the “rock bottom” of his alcohol-fueled crimes to being two years sober.
One resource, the job board of not-for-profit Unite Indy—which works with Marion County officials to support released ex-offenders—has listings from 45 employers, with most jobs starting at $15 an hour, founder and President Jim Cotterill told IBJ.