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Searching for Work with a Criminal Record

We know relatively little about how penal contact affects patterns of job search and how search patterns affect search success. Further, altered search patterns contribute significantly to post-contact job seekers lower odds of search success, especially for Blacks. This is especially troubling since employment is key to rehabilitation for convicts who avoid recidivism.
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People with a criminal record face substantial demand-side employment barriers that have clear implications for whether or not they search for work and what strategies they use. Penal contact and penal dispositions—arrest, conviction, and incarceration—reduce odds of job search, decrease the number of search methods job seekers deploy, and direct job seekers away from search methods that are generally more efficient and effective at yielding offers.

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