Fischler College of Education: Student Articles

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Publication Date

4-10-2016

Abstract

On most job applications, there are any one or more questions that could trigger further inquiry into an applicant’s background “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”; “Have you ever been arrested?”; “Have you ever pled no contest to any criminal or civil offense?”. A great majority of U.S. citizens are profoundly affected by these questions as one in four U.S. citizens currently have a criminal record (D'Alessio, Flexon, & Stolzenberg, 2014). D’Alessio, Flexon, and Stolzenberg (2014) indicated in their research that 92% of employers conduct background checks on prospective employees which based on the amount of U.S. citizens with a criminal record, would generate a hit of up to 25% of the entire U.S. population.

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