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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2016.1268235
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An exception to the rule: belief in redeemability, desistance signals and the employer's decision to hire a job applicant with a criminal record

ERA Journal ID36294
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorReich, Suzanne E.
Journal TitleJournal of Offender Rehabilitation: a multidisciplinary journal of innovation in research, services, and programs in corrections and criminal justice
Journal Citation56 (2), pp. 110-136
Number of Pages27
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1050-9674
1540-8558
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2016.1268235
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10509674.2016.1268235
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.

KeywordsDesistance, employers, ex-offenders, impression formation, race, redeemability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440202. Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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