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Author Pager, Devah,
Title Marked : race, crime, and finding work in an era of mass incarceration / Devah Pager.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2007]
2007.

Author Pager, Devah,
Subject Ex-convicts -- Employment.
African Americans -- Employment.
Add Title Race, crime, and finding work in an era of mass incarceration
Author Pager, Devah,
Subject Ex-convicts -- Employment.
African Americans -- Employment.
Add Title Race, crime, and finding work in an era of mass incarceration
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 248 pages) : illustrations
monochrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-234) and index.
Contents Mass incarceration and the problems of prisoner reentry -- The labor market consequences of incarceration -- Measuring the labor market consequences of incarceration -- The mark of a criminal record -- The mark of race -- Two strikes and you're out : the intensification of racial and criminal stigma -- But what if ...? Variations on the experimental design -- Conclusion: missing the mark.
Summary Nearly every job application asks it: have you ever been convicted of a crime? For the hundreds of thousands of young men leaving American prisons each year, their answer to that question may determine whether they can find work and begin rebuilding their lives. The product of an innovative field experiment, Marked gives us our first real glimpse into the tremendous difficulties facing ex-offenders in the job market. Devah Pager matched up pairs of young men, randomly assigned them criminal records, then sent them on hundreds of real job searches throughout the city of Milwaukee. Her applicants were attractive, articulate, and capable-yet ex-offenders received less than half the callbacks of the equally qualified applicants without criminal backgrounds. Young black men, meanwhile, paid a particularly high price: those with clean records fared no better in their job searches than white men just out of prison. Such shocking barriers to legitimate work, Pager contends, are an important reason that many ex-prisoners soon find themselves back in the realm of poverty, underground employment, and crime that led them to prison in the first place. Drawing much-needed attention to a problem that will continue to grow in coming years, Marked will ignite important debates over incarceration, discrimination, and the failures of our criminal justice system.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780226644851 (electronic bk.)
0226644855 (electronic bk.)
9781281966179
1281966177
9780226644837 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226644839 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 309913351
Additional Format Print version: Pager, Devah. Marked. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007 9780226644837 0226644839 (DLC) 2007003733 (OCoLC)82673545.


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