Resources about Employment of People with Conviction Histories

A conviction history represents a complex and multi-faceted employment barrier. To learn more, here are just a few of the many resources available:

Overview of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, with links to EEOC – Updated Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions, employment-related MythBusters and much more

National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice

Justice Reinvestment, a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center

Redemption in an Era of Widespread Criminal Background Checks, by Alfred Blumstein and Kiminori Nakamura

  • Hear the authors discuss how their research findings could have implications for hiring decisions

State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons, Pew Center on the States, April 2011

Interactive Map 

Public Opinion on Sentencing and Corrections Policy in America, 2012 Survey by Pew Center on the States with The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies

Background Checking: Conducting Criminal Background Checks, results of a poll examining the types of information most likely to impact a company’s decision to not extend a job offer and the primary reason organizations conduct criminal background checks on job candidates, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), January 2010

Act Now Advisory from Epstein Becker Green on New EEOC Guidance

The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers Vera Institute of Justice, January/March 2012

The first month out: post-incarceration experiences in New York City, 1999 research study by the Vera Institute of Justice

From Prison to Work: The Employment Dimensions of Prisoner Reentry, a report of the Reentry Roundtable, Urban Institute Justice Policy Center, 2004

Prison populations around the world, International Centre for Prison Studies

Cumulative Prevalence of Arrest From Ages 8 to 23 in a National Sample, Pediatrics, January 2012

Ex-offenders and the Labor Market
, Center for Economic and Policy Research 2010

The High Budgetary Cost of Incarceration, Center for Economic and Policy Research 2010

U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Unlocking Employment Opportunity for Previously Incarcerated Persons in the District of Columbia, Council for Court Excellence, 2011