Study: White Ex-Cons Have Edge Over Blacks in NYC Job Market


White men with prison records receive far more offers for entry-level jobs in New York City than black men with identical records, reports the New York Times. The white ex-cons are offered jobs just as often – if not more so – than black men who have never been arrested, according to a new study by two Princeton professors. The study, the first to assess the effect of race on job searches by ex-convicts, also found that black men who had never been in trouble with the law were about half as likely as whites with similar backgrounds to get a job offer or a callback.

Black men whose job applications stated that they had spent time in prison were only about one-third as likely as white men with similar applications to get a positive response. For every 10 white men without convictions who got a job offer or callback, more than 7 white men with prison records also did, the study found. But the difference grew far larger for black applicants: For every 10 black men without criminal convictions, only about 3 with records got offers or callbacks. More than 630,000 people nationwide leave prison each year, including 27,000 in New York State, most of whom are from New York City, said Jeremy Travis, the president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which announced the results of the study yesterday.


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