An exception to the rule: belief in redeemability, desistance signals and the employer's decision to hire a job applicant with a criminal record

Reich, Suzanne E. (2017) An exception to the rule: belief in redeemability, desistance signals and the employer's decision to hire a job applicant with a criminal record. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation: a multidisciplinary journal of innovation in research, services, and programs in corrections and criminal justice, 56 (2). pp. 110-136. ISSN 1050-9674

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Abstract

This article examines whether employment outcomes for exoffenders are associated with employers’ subjective belief in redeemability, mediated through exoffenders’ objective desistance signals. An online factorial vignette survey was completed by 367 employers, which examined their hiring decisions in the context of exoffender job applicants. OLS regression and serial multiple mediation analyses revealed that both belief in redeemability and desistance signals positively and significantly predicted employers’ hiring decisions. As well, exoffenders’ objective desistance signals mediated the association between belief in redeemability and employment outcomes. These findings highlight the importance for exoffenders to effectively communicate their desistance from crime to employers in their endeavors to obtain employment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 07:02
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 23:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Desistance, employers, ex-offenders, impression formation, race, redeemability
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10509674.2016.1268235
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32757

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