Ex-offenders face many barriers to employment. While some barriers are psychological, attitudinal, and social in
nature, others involve key economic, educational, skill, community, knowledge, and legal issues. Taken together, these
barriers prevent people with criminal records from developing an effective job search and finding rewarding jobs. Such
barriers are largely responsible for the high recidivism rate (70%) in America.
The good news is that ex-offenders can overcome most barriers to employment by taking certain actions that lead to
The most common barriers facing people with criminal records are listed below. Click on any of them to read more about that barrier.
Here are some useful tips for overcoming such barriers. Click on them to read about each tip in more detail.
SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA:
Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.
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