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NCJ Number: 225363 Find in a Library
Title: Perceived Employability of Ex-Prisoners and Offenders
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:52  Issue:6  Dated:December 2008  Pages:673-685
Author(s): Joseph Graffam; Alison J. Shinkfield; Leslie Hardcastle
Date Published: December 2008
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Grant Number: CRC 26/02-03
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated attitudes of employees, employment service providers, corrective service workers, and prisoners and offenders toward the employability of ex-prisoners and offenders in Queensland and Victoria Australia.
Abstract: Results indicate that those individuals with a criminal background were rated as being less likely than other disadvantaged groups, excluding those with intellectual or psychiatric disability, to obtain and maintain employment. In addition, ex-prisoners were rated as being less likely than offenders and the general workforce to exhibit the skills and characteristics relevant to employability. Future research was recommended in examining attitudes toward employment for a wider or broader range of ex-prisoners and offender variations. A relatively small amount of research has investigated employer attitudes toward the employability of ex-prisoners and offenders. To address this weakness in the research, this study investigated the views of 1,181 participants from 4 stakeholder groups (employees, employment service providers, corrective service workers, and prisoners and offenders) in an attempt to identify the extent and sources of attitudinal constraints toward employment of ex-prisoners and offenders serving and completing noncustodial community-based orders. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Ex-offender employment
Index Term(s): Australia; Barriers to ex-offender employment; Employment; Ex-offenders; Inmates; Offenders; Social reintegration
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