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Document 031542
Jobs after Jail: Ending the prison to poverty pipeline
By Fredericksen, Allyson; Omli, Desiree. Alliance for a Just Society (AJS) (Washington,DC).
"In many states and cities, both public and private employers can include a question on application materials requiring applicants to disclose whether or not they have a conviction record. While there is growing momentum to “Ban the Box,” in most cases these efforts only ban the box for public employment … On average, states have 123 mandatory bans and restrictions for would-be workers with felony convictions per state from employment in occupations or industries, from obtaining certain types of... Read More

44 pages
Document 032706
Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Statistical Discrimination: A Field Experiment
By Agan, Amanda Y. Starr, Sonja B..
'“Ban-the-Box” (BTB) policies restrict employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories on job applications and are often presented as a means of reducing unemployment among black men, who disproportionately have criminal records. However, withholding information about criminal records could risk encouraging statistical discrimination: employers may make assumptions about criminality based on the applicant’s race … [This study's] results confirm that criminal records are a major barrie... Read More

69 pages
Document 026796
Public Access to Departmental Records - Inmate/Offender Information
Rhode Island Dept. of Corrections (Cranston, RI).
This policy provides “guidelines for employees, especially those within the Records Identification (RI) Units, for responding to verbal requests for inmate/offender information (most commonly in response to telephone inquiries)” (p. 1). Procedures cover definitions, inmate/offender information disclosure, limitations on information release, location of public records, requests to inspect records and appeal process, security of records, charges for retrieval, payment, and records of inspection an... Read More
12 pages
Document 026836
The Growth & Increasing Cost of the Federal Prison System: Drivers and Potential Solutions
By La Vigne, Nancy; Samuels, Juli. Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, DC). Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center (Washington, DC).
The burgeoning costs associated with incarcerating more and more individuals in the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is examined. Topics discussed include: federal prison population growth has multiple impacts; projected population growth; prison being expensive; opportunity costs created by growth; the main drivers are front-end decisions about who goes to prisons and for how long; drug offenders make up half of the federal prison population; supervision violations make up at least 15% of ... Read More
8 pages
Document 011398
Arizona Board of Pardons and Paroles - Evaluation of Structured Decision-making Guidelines
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Arizona Board of Pardons and Paroles (Phoenix, AZ).
This packet contains the summary documents and working papers of a parole board that structured their decision-making process based on an empirical instrument. The document begins with a brief overview of the Structured Decision Making Project and then contains many attachments, including the coding manual and various forms used by the Board.... Read More
53 p.
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