In this video sociologist Devah Pager describes her experimental research on race, criminal records, and employment with Dalton Conley. Using matched pairs of black and white students posing as job applicants, she finds, stunningly, that black men without a criminal record are as likely to get a call back for a job as white men with one (see the tables here). Black men with criminal records receive call backs for only about one in 20 completed job applications.
See also our post in which one man explains the “hidden life sentence” he received after a crime 20 years past.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.