Career Prospects for People with Criminal Records: How Do People Stop Committing Crimes?

Can criminal justice reform help people with a record get and keep a job, or better yet, a career?

In this Events @ RAND podcast based on the Career Prospects for People with Criminal Records Symposium held at RAND in 2019, senior policy researcher Shawn D. Bushway says that a better understanding of desistance—how and when people with criminal records stop offending—may be the key. Economist Priscillia Hunt moderates.

This is part one in a four-part series. Part two is available here, part three is available here, and part four is available here.

Shawn Bushway

Shawn D. Bushway, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation

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