Criminal Justice Reform
Everyone deserves a fair chance

Stories

One mistake shouldn’t have to lead to a lifetime of punishment. At Uber, we are committed to working within our communities to help provide opportunities to those who need them most. Whether it’s a reliable ride across town, or the ability to pay bills at the end of the month, the same opportunities should exist for everyone. We’ve seen first-hand what opportunity can mean for someone, and how it can change their lives for the better. Please take a moment to hear Ingrid’s and Darrington’s stories.

Mother, grandmother, advocate

Ingrid is a mother to three girls, a grandmother, and a Proposition 47 beneficiary. After going to prison for a nonviolent offense, she was granted early release and now actively helps other formerly incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles get back on their feet. She also drives with Uber. .

”I found it so easy to want to work and since I have two kids, I always have something to do with the kids...and I have the confidence of knowing that I can still provide.”

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A modern entrepreneur

Darrington works as a real estate salesman and drives with Uber. He's provided thousands of rides, and receives consistently high ratings from riders. But it wasn’t always this way. It took years to get his real estate license after serving time in prison. Darrington’s not alone. Across the U.S., millions struggle to get back on their feet after paying their debt to society for past mistakes. Studies show a past criminal conviction of any sort reduced the likelihood of a job offer by 50 percent. As a result, 70 million Americans with criminal records are barred — by law or stigma — from contributing to the economy.

"You should give people a second chance to prove themselves."

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Initiatives

Breaking Down Barriers

Before a person is allowed to drive with Uber, he or she must undergo a stringent screening process that includes a driving and criminal history check. We strive to have a screening process that is thorough, fair, and relevant to the work at hand. That’s why we’ve always used county court records, even checking them physically in person if needed, to ensure we receive the most accurate information available about whether a person was found guilty or exonerated for a crime, as opposed to other methods that rely on arrest records that don’t always include final dispositions.

But we knew that we could still do more. Taking a cue from California voters, who passed Proposition 47 in 2014 to help people with certain low-level, nonviolent crime convictions get back on their feet, we updated our driver screening criteria to narrow the offenses that would screen out individuals who would otherwise qualify to partner with Uber. We also reached out to drivers previously disqualified under the old screening criteria to let them know about the opportunity to update their records. Since then, we’ve expanded the driver screening criteria changes to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Mississippi.


Transportation to Job Opportunities

Using our Uber for Business platform, we partnered with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to create an Uber for Jobs program to offer free rides to job interviews or the first day of work for people who were formerly incarcerated. In order to fund the program, we matched the funding for the project provided by the state, and look forward to partnering with governments in states across the country to bring similar programs to fruition.


Banning the Box

We’ve banned the box for employees since our inception and encourage other companies to review their internal hiring practices to reduce biases and ensure fair chances within the workplace.


Supporting Fair Sentencing

We agree with the growing bipartisan consensus against mandatory minimums and “three strikes” laws and strongly disagree with efforts calling on prosecutors to pursue the most serious offenses possible when charging suspects. Research from organizations like The Sentencing Project has long-since uncovered the numerous issues with the War on Drugs, as well as the negative impacts on the long-term over-sentencing of Americans.


The Los Angeles Job Fair

In December 2016, Uber joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity, Councilmember Curren Price, Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, and the Los Angeles Trade Technical College to co-host a second chance job fair. This first-ever event of its kind brought together 250 formerly incarcerated individuals with over 50 companies and 15 organizations offering them work opportunities and services. We were also proud sponsors of the A New Way of Life Annual Gala and supported the passage of LA’s Fair Chance Ordinance.


The Fair Chance Business Pledge

In 2016, we joined the Obama Administration, along with over 200 companies across the tech, retail, financial, and food and beverage industries as a founding partner of the Fair Chance Business Pledge. The pledge is a call-to-action for businesses to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with criminal records and creating pathways for second chances.

Reentry Opportunities

Driving with Uber can be a great way for people to earn income in a flexible way while getting back on their feet. But if Uber isn’t an option, there are organizations across the country that help those with criminal records get back on their feet. See below for a list of organizations that help locate job opportunities in your state.

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