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Job issues for felons

The common belief is that if you have a felony conviction you will not be able to find a job.  Sometimes felonies just can't be reduced based on insurmountable legal reasons.  Below is an abstract of a recent study showing that getting a job with a felony can be done------check it out.

Citation

Database: PsycARTICLES
[ Journal Article ]
Employer attitudes about criminal histories.
Swanson, Sarah J.; Langfitt-Reese, Sandra; Bond, Gary R.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 35(5), Sep 2012, 385-390. doi: 10.1037/h0094498
 

Abstract

Objective: Although the individual placement and support (IPS) approach has demonstrated superior competitive employment outcomes for people with severe mental illness, practitioners report that job obtainment for people with criminal convictions is particularly challenging. The current study examined employer hiring decisions and attitudes regarding job applicants with felonies. The main purpose of the study was to identify the percentage of employers who had knowingly hired applicants with felonies, and if the hiring patterns differed by employer type. Method: Twelve employment specialists from nine states interviewed 128 employers about their past hiring practices. Two IPS trainers coordinated the project with the specialists. Results: Survey findings did not support common assumptions held by employment specialists about employer attitudes. Sixty-three percent of employers surveyed said that they had knowingly hired at least one person with a felony conviction. Further, few businesses had written policies that would prohibit the hiring of people with felony convictions. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Employers' reported reasons for having hired individuals with felony convictions provide a framework to help jobseekers improve their prospects for favorable hiring decisions. Employers suggested that relationships with employment specialists can also facilitate the hiring of applicants with felonies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved

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