Professor Megan Denver published a white paper with the National Institute of Justice. Her paper called “Recruitment, Assessment, and Retention in the Direct Care Workforce for Individuals With Criminal Records: A Comprehensive Model Approach” is one of three articles in a series of papers across different authors that aims to address challenges in reentry and human services.
According to Professor Denver’s research, demographic shifts are creating a heightened need for direct care workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts home health aides and personal care aides will continue to be among the fastest-growing occupations. Anticipated worker shortages have prompted national conversations about the potential benefits and considerations involved in hiring individuals with criminal records for the direct care workforce. Linking certain individuals with conviction records to entry-level jobs in this industry could help fill critical shortages, connect this population to employment and potential career paths, and ultimately contribute to successful reintegration and increased public safety.
Congratulations to Professor Denver for her white paper that explores necessary questions about the challenges of reentry for individuals with criminal records.