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Title: Employer Attitudes Toward Hiring Ex-Offenders
Journal: Prison Journal  Volume:76  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1996)  Pages:118-137
Author(s): S Albright; F Denq
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 20
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reports on a survey that examined employer attitudes toward hiring ex-offenders and how these attitudes are influenced by the level of training the ex-offender received while incarcerated, government incentives to hire, type of offense committed, and the relationship of the crime to the job to be filled.
Abstract: Data were collected from a self-reported survey of 83 employers in the metropolitan areas of Houston and Dallas, Tex. Texas was selected as the study site because, with the exception of the District of Columbia, Texas currently has the highest incarceration rate in the Nation at 545 per 100,000 inhabitants. A survey and a follow-up were administered by mail in early 1995. Eighty-three usable questionnaires were returned from a sample of 300 employers. Generally, although the initial willingness to hire ex-offenders was low among employers, other findings show that the level of the ex-offender's education, government incentives, and the relationship of the crime to the job increased employer willingness to hire an ex-offender. The type of offense, however, when disclosed, apparently had a negative effect on employers' willingness to hire an ex-offender, particularly if the crime was violent or sexual, or involved a child victim. Limitations of the data and policy applications of the findings are discussed. 4 tables and 39 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Barriers to ex-offender employment; Employer attitudes; Ex-offender employment; Ex-offenders; Inmate vocational training
Note: An earlier version of this manuscript was presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Sociological Association in Houston, Tex., March 1996.
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