Latest Research: Worst-Case Scenario

How racism in the criminal justice system harms women’s chances of finding work

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Working Chance has launched its latest research, Worst-Case Scenario: How racism in the criminal justice system harms women’s chances of finding work.

Based on new analysis and the lived experiences of women in the criminal justice system, this research paper highlights the barriers faced by racially minoritised women with criminal convictions when they look for jobs. While there is plenty of excellent research on racial inequality within the criminal justice system, this report examines the knock-on effect this has on employment outcomes for racially minoritised women, who face multiple intersecting disadvantages. It also provides recommendations for the government and employers to combat employment discrimination on the basis of gender, race, and criminal record.

Working Chance is the sector-leading charity supporting women with convictions into employment. Of the women we support, 62% come from an ethnic minority background.

THE INTERSECTIONS OF MY IDENTITY, MY ETHNICITY, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, DEBT, LOW INCOME, THE AREA I LIVE IN - IT ALL COLLIDES AND MAKES THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO.

Cheryl Working Chance client
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Explore our findings in full by downloading Worst-Case Scenario: How racism in the criminal justice system harms women’s chances of finding work below. If you have any questions about our research or methodology, or would like to collaborate, please contact media@workingchance.org.

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