Common Jobs for Newly Released.


• Most respondents relied on family and friends for income after release, more so than legal employment. 1.
URBAN INSTITUTE Justice Policy Center Research Brief October 2008 Christy Visher Sara Debus Jennifer Yahner KEY FINDINGS • Eight months after prison, 65 percent of respondents had been employed at some point, but only 45 percent were currently employed. Ideally, you will find a job that matches your skills and interests.

This signals pending disaster—not only for the ex-prisoners and their families, but also for the broader community.

• Respondents who held … Nationwide, as many as 60 percent of ex-prisoners are unemployed one year after their release from prison.



Without a source of income, many ex-prisoners have trouble finding housing.

Finding a job is an important part of transition after incarceration. In the first full calendar year after their release, only 55 percent reported any earnings, with the median earnings being $10,090. The first job you get might not be what you want, but there are many benefits to working in a "transition job." These sentence lengths are not typical, as on average, most prisoners are sentenced to less than one year in prison. Ex-prisoners fare poorly in the labor market. employment after release, for 2,171 prisoners serving sentences of between 18 months and four years (SPCR Sample 2).