Job prospects few for ex-prisoners

Think your job hunt is long? For those who have been to prison, it is probably even longer.

In one recently published study, an economic professor said it took more than twice as long for people who had been in jail to find employment than those who had never been to prison.

Criminals also earn about 20 percent to 30 percent less than the unconvicted, and were about twice as likely to lose a job as those who had not been to jail.

“The job market for those previously incarcerated is significantly different, and tougher, than for those not incarcerated,” said College of the Holy Cross professor Bryan Engelhardt in a report from the Journal of Labor Economics’ July edition.

Engelhardt also found that those who were able to find a job more quickly were less likely to go back to jail.

Associated Press