Employment of Ex-offenders: A Study of Community Perceptions of Prior Convictions Reported on the Employment Application

Nora C Brandon, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study explored the perceptions, attitudes, and opinions of those in the community about how the disclosure of prior convictions on the employment application (known as marking "the box") affects employment. The survey sample consisted of 100 students of two local universities, church attendees at a local Baptist church, and employees of a Nashville, Tennessee private employer. The independent variables analyzed were gender, age, students, rase, education, and political ideology. Spearmans rho was used to determine statistical significance and correlation. The results showed that race and political ideology had a statistically significant relationship with community perceptions of disclosing convictions on the employment application. All other variables showed no statistically significant relationship. ^

Subject Area

Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Nora C Brandon, "Employment of Ex-offenders: A Study of Community Perceptions of Prior Convictions Reported on the Employment Application" (2010). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1483766.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI1483766

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