Sunday, July 17, 2005

Racial Disparity Found in Ex-Convict Job Opportunities

Democracy Now!

White men coming out of prison get more than double the number of job offers that African American ex-convicts receive, and about the same number as African American men with no previous prison record. This according to a new study by two Princeton professors that sent White, Black and Latino men posing as ex-convicts to apply for thousands of job interviews in New York City. The study found that for every ten Black men without criminal convictions who receive a job offer or callback, only three with convictions got positive responses. This compares to seven out of ten White men. Nationwide, one in three Black men with only a high school diploma will go to prison before turning forty.

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