Working around the Law: Navigating Legal Barriers to Employment during Reentry

People with criminal records are often forced to find work through unofficial means, or by 'working around the law' because of the barriers they face to standard employment. Using qualitative interviews with formerly incarcerated people, this study finds that job seekers with criminal records often resort to one of four methods in order to find work, ranging from omitting their criminal record on job applications to undertaking illegal work.


Augustine, D. (2019). Working around the Law: Navigating Legal Barriers to Employment during Reentry. Law & Social Inquiry, 44(03), 726–751. https://doi.org/10.1017/lsi.2018.23

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