Dear HR Executive:
Many enlightened employers would like to hire an ex-offender, reasoning that people deserve a second chance and ex-cons need a paycheck, too. But nobody wants to hire somebody who makes them regret it – by, say, robbing or assaulting co-workers or customers.
That’s why a new study from criminologists at Carnegie-Mellon University is so interesting. Its authors determined that if an ex-con avoids recidivism for five years, he or she becomes a pretty safe employment bet.
The researchers looked at the criminal histories of 88,000 first-time offenders in New York. They found that most ex-offenders committed further crimes a few years after their initial arrest, but that of those who managed to stay out of trouble for five years, only a very small minority were ever arrested again.
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