Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. William S. Little


This study was conducted to determine current business practices regarding the employment of ex-offenders. The underlying reason for this study is that yearly approximately 90,000 persons are released from correctional institutions throughout the United States. The author postulated that non-offenders are more likely to obtain employment than an ex-offender who has been incarcerated, has ineffective job skills, is male, Black and older. A self-developed questionnaire was delivered and mailed to 153 personnel managers of companies within the Metro Atlanta area. The results indicated no significant difference in the respondents' attitudes involving the test hypothesis. On the basis of the findings, it was concluded that employers in the Metro Atlanta area do not show a significant difference in the employment practices toward ex-offenders than other employees.

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