Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses for People with Records

The lack of evidence that formerly incarcerated people are 'riskier' hires than the average person means states should further reform their occupational licensing regulations to remove barriers for people with criminal records. This report ranks each state's licensing laws in terms of how burdensome they are and provides ten suggestions for reform as well as an exemplary state licensing law.


Rodriguez, M. N., & Avery, B. (2016). Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses for People with Records (p. 85). National Employment Law Project. https://www.nelp.org/publication/unlicensed-untapped-removing-barriers-state-occupational-licenses/

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