Finding and keeping a job: the value and meaning of employment for parolees

Cherney, Adrian and Fitzgerald, Robin (2016) Finding and keeping a job: the value and meaning of employment for parolees. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60 1: 21-37. doi:10.1177/0306624X14548858

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Author Cherney, Adrian
Fitzgerald, Robin
Title Finding and keeping a job: the value and meaning of employment for parolees
Journal name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-624X
Publication date 2016-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0306624X14548858
Volume 60
Issue 1
Start page 21
End page 37
Total pages 17
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Finding stable employment has been identified as one of the best predictors of post-release success among prisoners. However, offenders face a number of challenges in securing employment when released from prison. This article examines processes that shape the abilities and motivations of parolees to secure gainful employment by examining interview data collected from parolees in Queensland, Australia (n = 50). We explore the role of social networks and commercial employment providers in helping parolees find work, the perceived value of institutional work and training, and the meanings, challenges, and impact of managing the disclosure of one’s criminal past to employers. Findings highlight that the role and influence of employment on a parolee’s reintegration is conditional on his or her supportive social networks, ability to manage stigma, and personal changes in identity, which elevate the importance of work in a parolee’s life. Our findings also show how employment provides opportunities for offenders to self-construct and articulate new identities.
Keyword Employment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print 1 September 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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