Carceral Chicago: Making the Ex-offender Employability Crisis

Illinois prisons function as labor-market institutions, designed - at least in part - to specifically exclude Black men from economic prosperity. This article uses interviews with 150 formerly incarcerated people, reentry service providers and policymakers, combined with relevant labor-market research, to analyze targeted policy decisions and segregated employment practices over the last several decades resulting in the socioeconomic exclusion of formerly incarcerated people from employment, particularly Black men in Chicago.


Peck, J., & Theodore, N. (2008). Carceral Chicago: Making the Ex-offender Employability Crisis. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 32(2), 251–281. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2008.00785

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/9650146/1a41f2

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