Returning Citizens are Humble and Hungry.
Think about a time when you needed to be given a chance. You would have done anything for that opportunity to prove yourself.
That is how people with a criminal record feel. They are so used to being judged by the worst mistake in their lives, when someone can see past that and give them a chance, they are extremely grateful for the opportunity. They will become loyal, reliable, dedicated and hardworking employees.
There are also many government incentives to hire a returning citizen. Substantial tax credits are available for hiring ex-felons, such as the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Employers who hire felons can also be eligible to obtain a free fidelity bond funded by the federal government to protect them against employee dishonesty or theft. Many State and local governments offer similar incentives.