Carnegie Mellon Study: Convicts Safe to Hire After 5 Years?

Nick Fishman

I just came across this release from Carnegie Mellon University entitled “When Is It Safe to Hire Someone With A Criminal Record”.  The study suggests that a person has been fully rehabilitated after a period of 5 years without any additional criminal records.  By no means do I endorse this study.  They might be right and they might be wrong.  One thought though: just because a person hasn’t been charged or convicted of a crime in five years doesn’t mean that that they have not engaged in criminal activity.  It simply means that if they did, they haven’t yet been caught.  What do you think?

The new study, which appears in the current issue of Criminology, estimates that after five years of staying clean an individual with a criminal record is of no greater risk of committing another crime than other individuals of the same age. The research comes at a time when President Barack Obama’s crime agenda includes breaking down employment barriers for people who have a prior criminal record, but who have stayed clean since their earlier offense.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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