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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment

  • Organization: National Institute of Justice
  • Author: Amy Solomon
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • Submitted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • Attachment(s): LINK

For the nearly one-third of Americans who have been convicted of a crime, finding a job can prove to be difficult. As Amy L. Solomon writes, "The majority of employers indicate that they would 'probably' or 'definitely' not be willing to hire an applicant with a criminal record." Research shows that prior convictions do not increase the chances of rearrest after a certain period of time of "staying clean." The overly broad net that employers cast banning the formerly incarcerated population must be reconsidered if reentry is to be accomplished successfully.

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