Even though getting a job as an ex-convict can be difficult, there is some hope because many warehouses and distribution centers in the US are historically willing to give people a second chance.
Companies that have signed the Ban the Box pledge (e.g. Target) won’t ask you if you have a criminal record. These are the best places to look for work as an ex-convict.
Some companies do background checks that go back many years or decades. This is especially so in states where there are no laws regulating criminal record considerations in employment such as Alaska, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.
If you have a criminal record and are looking to find employment in these states, it can be a bit challenging to get a job with some companies located there.
Yet other companies will consider hiring felons on a case by case basis. They look at factors like the severity of the charge and how long ago it took place.
After doing extensive research, we have compiled a list of some of the best warehouses that hire felons in the United States. Take a look at what’s available near you.
|Warehouse/Distribution Center||Likelihood of Getting Hired as a Felon||Do They Do Background Checks?||Warehouse Locations *||Job Application Links|
|John Deere Parts||Low||Yes||Lathrop, CA; Denver CO; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Milan, MI;|
Rock Valley, IA; Springfield, MI; Potland, OR; Dallas, TX
|Amazon Distribution Center||Average||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|Target Distribution Center||High||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|Walmart Distribution Center||Average||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|Sysco||High||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|Lineage Logistics||High||Yes||Los Angeles, CA; Houston TX; Medley, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Boston Harbor, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Chesapeake, VA; Richland, WA; Linden, NJ||Apply Now|
|PetSmart Distribution Center||High||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|US Foods||High||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|WinCo Foods||Average||Yes||Woodburn, Oregon; Myrtle Creek, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Phoenix, Arizona; Denton, Texas; Modesto, California||Apply Now|
|Frito-Lay||High||Yes||Kathleen, GA; Carol Stream, IL; Bridgeton, MO; Wooster, OH; Lexington, IN||Apply Now|
|Restaurant Depot||High||No||Check here||Apply Now|
|Costco||High||Yes||Atlanta, GA; Belleville, MI; Dallas, TX; Laredo, TX; Mira Loma, CA; Monroe, NJ; Monrovia, MD; Morris, IL; Salt Lake City, UT; Sumner, WA; Tolleson, AZ; Tracy, CA; West Palm Beach, FL||Apply Now|
|Kroger||Average||Yes||Check here||Apply Now|
|Publix||High||Yes||Jacksonville, FL; Orlando, FL; Lakeland, FL, Deerfield, FL; Boynton Beach, FL; Miami, FL; Sarasota, FL; Lawrenceville, GA; McCalla, AL||Apply Now|
|Lowe’s||Average||Yes||Mount Vernon, TX; Valdosta, GA; Garysburg, NC; Findlay, OH; Cheyenne, WY; Plainfield, CT; Rockford, IL; Statesville, NC; North Vernon, IN; Minersville, PA; Perris, CA; Kissimmee, FL, see more||Apply Now|
|United Supermarkets||High||Yes||Lubbock, TX; Roanoke, TX||Apply Now|
|Bed Bath and Beyond||High||Yes||N/A||Apply Now|
|Trader Joe’s||High||No||Suwanee, GA; Daytona Beach, Fl; Irving, TX; Bath, PA; Stockton, CA; Minooka, IL||Apply Now|
|Hannaford||High||No||Salisbury, NC; Disputanta, VA; Elloree, SC; Dunn, NC; Green Cove Springs, FL; Greencastle, PA; Butner, NC||Apply Now|
|Whole Foods||High||Yes||Richmond, VA; Cheshire, CT; Braselton, GA; Denver, CO; Vernon, CA; Austin, TX; Landover, MD||Apply Now|
|Chewy||Average||Yes||Wilkes-Barre, PA, Lewisberry, PA, Mechanicsburg, PA, Vandalia, OH, Dallas, TX, Goodyear, AZ, Sparks, NV, Archbald, PA||Apply Now|
- Please note that many companies do not make their distribution center locations public so the locations column is not conclusive for all listed companies.
How Far Back Employers Check For Felonies
How far back companies go when doing a background check will depend on the type of job (e.g. finance sector jobs normally exclude people with criminal records) and location (e.g. state and jurisdiction).
Some states do not have a predetermined number of years in which an employer can look back. This means that potential employers they can check for criminal history as far back as they please. In other states (e.g. Wisconsin), the crime must be substantially related to the job for it to count.
Some states have a seven year rule that prohibits reporting convictions that go back more than seven years. Companies in these states will only do background checks that go back seven years.
States That Follow the Seven-Year Rule
The following states have a seven year limit for criminal background checks. If you are applying for a job at a warehouse located in any of these states, criminal records that are more than seven years old won’t show up or be considered in background checks.
- New York
Target Distribution Center Locations
Target has 44 distribution centers across the USA. The following is a list of their locations.
- West Jefferson, Ohio
- Fridley, Minnesota
- Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
- Topeka, Kansas
- DeKalb, Illinois
- Midway, Georgia
- Galesburg, Michigan
- Wilton, New York
- Tyler, Texas
- Fontana, California
- Ontario, California
- Burlington, New Jersey
- Amsterdam, New York
- Newton, North Carolina
- Woodland, California
- Port Wentworth, Georgia
- Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Lugoff, South Carolina
- Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Rialto, California
- Mililani, Hawaii
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Logan Township, New Jersey
- Suffolk, Virginia
- Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
- Lake City, Florida
- Rialto, California
- DENTON, Texas
- Joliet, Illinois
- Stuarts Draft, Virginia
- Pueblo, Colorado
- Lacey, Washington
- Chicago, Illinois
- Shafter, California
- West Jefferson, Ohio
- Midlothian, Texas
- Tifton, Georgia
- Madison, Alabama
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Albany, Oregon
- Tucson, Arizona
- Woodbury, Minnesota
- Perth Amboy, New Jersey
We have vetted the companies listed above and they seem like they’d be great places for anyone looking to start fresh with a new career in the warehousing industry.
If you have information about other warehouses that hire ex-convicts, please feel free to reach out in the comment section below. We’re happy to add them.
We want everyone who is interested in getting back into the workforce after incarceration to know they can do it. So don’t think twice about applying if these jobs sound interesting to you because there’s no shame in trying. Remember though – not every opportunity may be right for your specific situation so make sure you research each company before deciding which one would best suit your needs. Good luck out there!