Most employers don't want to hire ex-cons, even with government incentives such as tax breaks, but Kansas City car wash owner Gene Krahenbuhl will employ them, says the Kansas City Star. For 10 years, he has been hiring felons as young as 18 and as old as 60 and convicted of things including writing bad checks, robbery, sex offenses, and assault.
“I don't really care. I'm not judging. It has become very evident to me that these people just need a chance,” said Krahenbuhl, 47. Julie Kempker, re-entry manager for the Missouri Department of Corrections says, “There are people in prison who have talent like you wouldn't believe. We have solid data that says that those who leave prison and maintain employment are less likely to return to prison. And the data says that when they are out and working they are not committing crime.”