ERIC Number: ED079530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
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The Closed Door: The Effect of a Criminal Record on Employment with State and Local Public Agencies.
Miller, Herbert S.
This study documents the inconsistencies and inner dynamics of the administrative structure of the legal system as it operates on persons with criminal records in their attempt to find employment. Directed particularly to the administrative structure at the local, state, and national level, the investigation utilized questionnaire responses and job application data from 48 states to obtain its findings. Those major findings include: (1) A juvenile record and an arrest record not followed by conviction are substantial obstacles to employment, (2) Present annullment and expunging statutes do not remove the employment obstacles of convicted felons, (3) State civil service statutes provide no guidelines for civil service personnel to screen applicants with criminal records, (4) Job application forms frequently ask for arrest records, but do not indicate that an individual with a criminal record is eligible for hiring, (5) Civil service procedures generally act as a bar to employment for convicted persons through the setting of high educational requirements, etc., and (8) Juvenile and adult correctional officials do not inform their wards and clients of their legal status and ways to mitigate the effect of the record on job opportunities. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Confidential Records, Court Litigation, Criminals, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employment Problems, Employment Qualifications, Federal Government, Legal Problems, Public Agencies, State Government, Vocational Rehabilitation
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22151
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Georgetown Univ. Law Center, Washington, DC. Inst. of Criminal Law and Procedure.