Employing with conviction: The experiences of employers who actively recruit criminalised people
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractIn England and Wales, criminal reoffending costs £18 billion annually. Securing employment can support desistance from crime, but only 17% of ex-prisoners are employed a year after release. Understanding the motivations of employers who do recruit criminalised people therefore represents an important area of inquiry. This article draws upon qualitative interviews with twelve business leaders in England who proactively employ criminalised people. Findings reveal that inclusive recruitment can be (indirectly) encouraged by planning policies aimed to improve social and environmental well-being and that employers often work creatively to meet employees’ additional needs, resulting in commercial benefits and (re)settlement opportunities.
CitationAtherton, P., & Buck, G. (2021). Employing with conviction: The experiences of employers who actively recruit criminalised people. Probation Journal, 68(2), 186-205. https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505211010942
DescriptionAtherton, P., & Buck, G. Employing with conviction: The experiences of employers who actively recruit criminalised people. Probation Journal, 68(2), pp. 186-205. Copyright ©  (Copyright Holder). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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