Recidivism and Reintegration: Barriers Facing Ex-Offenders of Color in Employment
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Studies have found that job placement is a great way to combat recidivism, but for many ex-offenders finding work can be difficult. Despite job training and placement programs, many ex-offenders are rejected by companies because of their criminal record. For ex-offenders of color, this problem is exacerbated by racial discrimination. One study found that companies responded more positively to white applicants with a drug felony than to black applicants with the same charge. The existing policies need to change to further protect ex-offenders and racial minorities. In this paper. I will examine models for legislation and work environments that will give ex-offenders an equal chance in the workplace. This will include current or potential legislation that could be passed, as well as incentives for businesses to hire ex-offenders. I will be investigating current hiring practices that exclude ex-offenders from the workplace and looking at how they can be reformed.