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Trucking Industry Looks to Felons to Plug Driver Shortage

Jul 24, 2017 at 12:08 PM CST

Hiring ex-convicts to drive trucks and valuable cargo might seem like a bad business decision on the surface, but some trucking companies are giving such candidates a second look.

With estimates pointing to a shortfall of as many as 175,000 drivers by 2024, some in the trucking industry are looking to an unlikely source for workers — convicted felons who have served time in prison.