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This report finds that a criminal record tends to serve as a barrier to employment for women. These realities can potentially impact their ability to successfully reenter their home communities, reunite with and care for their children, and act as viable participants in society. A criminal record adds an additional hurdle to employment for women and increases their vulnerability to discrimination. Research from this study may impact legislation and policies addressing education and professional training, processes to seal and expunge records, employment disparities, employer discrimination, and increased use of unnecessary or inappropriate background screening techniques.


Published by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2440 Bancroft Way, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94704. Website: Prof. Marci Seville was an advisor to this project.