National Criminal Justice Association, December 2022
How do different kinds of positive employment credentials affect employers’ stigma towards job applicants with criminal records? Samuel DeWitt of the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Megan Denver of Northeastern University explore this issue in a study published in September in the journal Criminology. They conducted nationwide surveys with adults, a subset of whom had experience as employers.
The stigma that comes with a criminal record is often damaging to many areas of a person’s life, especially their employment opportunities. Common methods used to improve employment outcomes for people with criminal records usually aim to neutralize risk. However, positive employment credentials can provide more meaningful information about a person’s accomplishments.