Criminal Background Checks and Access to Jobs
Urban Institute
Jun 30, 2017

“This report examines the collateral consequences specific to job opportunities using Washington, DC, as a case study. Following the national trends highlighted in the previous report, criminal background checks can limit the pool of jobs that people with criminal histories in Washington, DC, qualify for and can lead to high unemployment for that population. But criminal background checks are only part of the story; in Washington, DC, local regulations and the nature of the labor market add their own limitations to the employment opportunities for people with criminal records.

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