Obtaining and maintaining employment is a difficult enough task for individuals; it could be even harder for someone with a criminal record to obtain the opportunity for employment. This project explores the obstacles presented to ex-offenders re-entering society when applying for employment and the limitations of expungements in the process of re-integration in their communities. The research conducted provided insight into the obstacles presented by employers, communities, and the expungement process. Information gathered also suggests the strong possibility of an individual returning to an institution without employment opportunities. Project HOPE (Helping Our Paths Expand) is designed to educate ex-offenders and other participants about the process of expungements while facilitating interventions empirically proven to increase an individual’s desire to change. The project aims to provide valuable education and services to the communities within Los Angeles County by presenting information and facts that could allow for more gainful employment. Participants will become empowered through outreach, education, counseling, and assistance in navigating through a perplexing legal system.
|Commitee:||Campbell, Venetta, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Ex-offenders, Expungement, Misdemeanor, Re-entry|
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