NIJ Publishes Ex-Con “Redemption” Article


The National Institute of Justice has published an article by criminologists Alfred Blumstein and Kiminori Nakamura of Carnegie Mellon University concluding that over time, accused robbers, burglars, and batterers pose no greater risk to employers than job candidates in the general population. USA Today reported on the research, previously summarized in Crime & Justice News, at

“This attempts to answer the question of when a person can break that cycle (of crime),” George Mason University criminologist Faye Taxman told USA Today. Blumstein says “redemption” for offenders has become increasingly difficult as potential employers demand more background checks.

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