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Overcoming Barriers to Employment and Occupational Licensing for People with Criminal Records

Recorded on: Aug. 14, 2017
Running Time: 01:01:30

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Taken from the Web Program Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration 2017 recorded August 2017 in San Francisco.

Overcoming Barriers to Employment and Occupational Licensing for People with Criminal Records [01:01:30]

Stable employment reduces the likelihood of recidivism and provides a path out of poverty for people with criminal records.  Unfortunately, criminal records present significant barriers to securing employment and occupational licenses, a prerequisite to many jobs in California at a range of skill levels.  Applicants and the employers or agencies screening them are frequently unaware of the legal requirements that apply to criminal record screening in the employment and licensing contexts.  In addition, criminal record reporters – including commercial background check companies and public agencies such as the California Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Justice – often report inaccurate or over-broad criminal record information. 

The panelists will provide an overview of existing laws that apply to criminal record screening by employers and occupational licensing agencies, privacy and consumer protections that limit the reporting of criminal record information, and procedures permitting record subjects to review and correct improperly reported information.

Jude Pond (Panel Leader); Danielle Mahones, CT Turney-Lewis


The purchase price of this segment includes the following article from the Course Handbook available online:

  • Employment & Criminal Records, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
    Jude Pond
  • Occupational Licenses, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
    Jude Pond
  • Occupational Licenses Appendices A–G, State of California Department of Consumer Affairs
    Jude Pond

Presentation Material

  • Convictions and Licensing: A (Very High-Level) Overview of Barriers to Occupational Licensing with a Past Conviction (PowerPoint slides)
    CT Turney-Lewis
  • Memo For: Justice Reinvestment Coalition - Alameda County (JRC-AC), May 18, 2016
    Danielle Mahones
  • Reentry in California: Challenges and Advocacy in Employment and Occupational Licensing (PowerPoint slides)
    Danielle Mahones, Jude Pond
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Danielle Mahones ~ Program and Capacity Consultant, Bay Area Black Workers Center
Jude Pond ~ Thurgood Marshall Fellow, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
CT Turney-Lewis ~ Senior Staff Attorney and Reentry Legal Clinic Supervising Attorney, A New Way of Life Reentry Project
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