How Race Impacts Post-Prison Job Prospects


For those seeking employment after incarceration, a prison record may not be the only factor making jobs hard to come by. An Arizona State University study finds that race and gender impact the already tough odds former inmates face when seeking employment.

In particular, black men and women who have been incarcerated are less likely to receive favorable responses to job applications than their white and Hispanic counterparts.

The three-year study involved the submission of more than 6,000 online applications for entry-level employments and in-person applications for dozens of jobs.

For both males and females, fewer than 8 percent of applications received favorable responses.

Approximately 40 percent of favorable responses among women were to white applicants, compared to about 34 percent for Hispanic applicants and about 27 percent for black applicants.

Among men, about 38 percent of favorable responses to Hispanic applicants, compared to 35 percent for white applicants and 27 percent for black applicants.

Researchers found that black men and women were also significantly less likely to receive callbacks from in-person interviews.

Read the full study HERE.

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