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July 12, 2020 17 min

Studies show that 50% of people who have a criminal record don’t get a callback or interview for jobs they apply to, even if they are a perfect candidate. Josh, a highly educated man with college degrees kept facing this problem after he was released from a short prison sentence. Ever determined, he continuously searched for jobs he was plenty qualified for and was turned down.

Josh decided to create his own business to help break the stigma of discriminating against people with records. Breaking Free Industries was born,a T-shirt company that exclusively hires those with a record to help them gain the confidence to be independent and therefore lower the chances of them reoffending and going back into the system.

“Our shirts are designed by someone with a record. We also sell customized shirts, masks, and caps to businesses either as promotional items, employees to wear or as merchandise to sell to their customers...” Says Josh of Breaking Free Industries. His goal is to sell to restaurants, contractors, landscapers, coffee shops, etc. anywhere to help those in need.

Tune into this interview with Taylor and Josh discussing the stigma behind hiring people with a record, what Josh is trying to do to change the narrative. He wants to help those in need of financial stability and give them confidence in themselves to succeed.

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