top of page

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.


Recent Posts

See All

Incarceration and Stratification

Prisons generate and perpetuate social inequalities in various forms, including employment discrimination, health and education disparities and effects on family and relationships. After a brief discu


bottom of page