Rural Whites Face Same Barriers to Employment After Prison as Urban Blacks

Returning citizens in white rural communities face the same high barriers to finding a job as African Americans in urban areas, according to a Texas Southern University study. Both groups are also similarly at high risk for recidivism as a result, the study adds. The researchers examined the links between unemployment, imprisonment for non-violent crimes and child poverty in rural areas where the population is largely white—a demographic segment they said was often ignored in discussions about barriers faced by returning citizens.

“This is not a Black issue or a White issue nor an urban issue or a rural issue,” wrote researchers in the paper published by the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern.“Rather the relationship between imprisonment and unemployment is consistent across most communities.”

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