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March 9, 2017

"The Effectiveness of Certificates of Relief as Collateral Consequence Relief Mechanisms: An Experimental Study"

The title of this post is the title of this paper recently posted to SSRN authored by Peter Leasure and Tia Stevens Andersen. Here is the abstract:

Obtaining employment is difficult for ex-offenders due to the stigma of having a criminal record.  In recognition of this difficulty, some state legislatures have created certificates of relief (also known as certificates of recovery), which lift occupational licensing restrictions, limit employer liability for negligent hiring claims, and aim to ensure that employment decisions about certificate holders are made on a case-by-case basis.

The current study, which examines Ohio’s program for certificates of relief, presents the results of the first empirical test of the effectiveness of such certificates.  This test indicates that having a certificate of relief increases the likelihood of receiving an interview invitation or job offer more than threefold.  Importantly, certificate holders and their counterparts with clean criminal backgrounds were nearly equally likely to receive an interview invitation or job offer.  These promising preliminary results suggest certificates of relief may be an effective avenue for lessening the stigma of a criminal record for ex-offenders seeking employment.

March 9, 2017 at 09:47 AM | Permalink


I am impressed these certificates confer immunity from negligent hiring claims.

In fairness to the felon, and in deference to safety, the job prohibition should be relevant to the crime. So pedophiles should not be allowed to work in daycare. Thieves should not be allowed to work as cashiers.

That relevance law exists in Pennsylvania. I would support a lawsuit against an employer by a felon for discrimination according to irrelevant criteria. To deter.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 9, 2017 5:39:11 PM

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