Finding a Job After a Criminal Conviction

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may wonder if you will be able to find employment. Employers are becoming increasingly concerned about knowing whether applicants have criminal records. Part of this concern stems from large jury verdicts that have been rendered against employers for negligently hiring people with criminal histories who subsequently caused harm to others while on the job. Another concern for employers relates to whether they will have to disclose the criminal conviction. For example, if a company is trying to raise capital, it may need to make certain disclosures to a bank. Will the company have to disclose that an employee has a criminal conviction for embezzlement or money laundering?

The laws about which criminal records an employer must or may access, what an employer may ask a potential employee and what the job applicant must reveal vary widely from state to state. If you have a criminal record and seek a job, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in criminal law so that you go into the job search fully informed of your rights.

Criminal Defense Resource Links

Equal Justice, USA 

A Capital Defense Handbook For Defendants and Their Families” provides information and advice about death-penalty cases from the defense point of view.

ACLU: Prisoners’ Rights 

A resource provided by the American Civil Liberties Union with information on national and state efforts to recognize and protect prisoner’s rights.

Justice Denied 

Justice Denied is a magazine devoted to helping people who have been wrongly convicted of crime in the US and internationally.

The Sentencing Project  

A national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs and in research and advocacy about criminal justice policy.

Prison Policy Initiative 

The Prison Policy Initiative conducts research and advocacy about incarceration and criminal justice policy.