Criminal Records And Employment At The Height Of The Recession

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Criminal Records and Employment At the height of the recession, an initial study found that 6,561 offenders, released in Indiana, about half of the prisoners released, made less than $5,000 a year, far below poverty level, which would qualify them for state assistance, however, due to their criminal record, they were disqualified, (Nally, Lockwood, Taiping, & Knutson, 2013). A further data study, with a 5 year follow-up study, sought to review those offenders from the first study, who were classified as marginally employed (Nally, Lockwood, Taiping, & Knutson, 2013). The current study split the original sample of 6,561 participants, into three sub-categories: those who were never employed after release, offenders with annual employment income of less than $5,000, and and offenders with employment income of more than $5,000 per year (Nally, Lockwood, Taiping, & Knutson, 2013). The 5 year post release analysis (2005-2009), focused on five critical points: characteristics of those marginally employed, similarities and differences between the marginally employed offenders and other released offenders within the demographics, trends of released offenders, and recidivsm rates of those released (Nally, Lockwood, Taiping, & Knutson, 2013). Findings show that both sub groups: the under $5,000 per year, and the over $5,000 per year, both consistently remained in the 50th percentile, showing that those who were marginally employed, continued ot be marginally employed, over the 5…

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