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Improving Employment Prospects for Former Prison Inmates Challenges and Policy

Improving Employment Prospects for Former Prison Inmates Challenges and Policy

Chapter:
(p.521) 11 Improving Employment Prospects for Former Prison Inmates Challenges and Policy
Source:
Controlling Crime
Author(s):
Raphael Steven
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226115139.003.0012

This chapter analyzes the employment prospects of former prison inmates and reviews recent programmatic evaluations of reentry programs that either aim to improve employment among the formerly incarcerated or aim to reduce recidivism through treatment interventions centered on employment. It begins presenting an empirical portrait of the U.S. prison population, and then considers the demand side of the labor market for former prisoners. Next, the chapter discusses the research evidence evaluating efforts to improve employment prospects and reduce recidivism among former prison inmates. A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   ex-convicts, reentry programs, recidivism, labor market

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