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Research 12.2.14

One Strike and You’re Out: How We Can Eliminate Barriers to Economic Security and Mobility for People with Criminal Records

Following decades of overcriminalization, between 70 million and 100 million Americans now have some type of criminal record. Any —no matter how old or minor—can be a lifelong barrier to employment and economic mobility. This report provides a blueprint for policymakers and advocates to ensure that a criminal record is not a life sentence to poverty.

Research 3.1.11

65 Million ‘Need Not Apply’: The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks for Employment

More than 9 in 10 employers report using criminal background checks in their hiring decisions—presenting major barriers to opportunity for job seekers with records. For millions of Americans, the use of criminal background checks has become an immovable obstacle to employment. Not only does this practice prevent people from getting jobs, but it can also negatively affect employers.