Criminal Justice

Nationally, one in three Americans have a criminal record, and by extension, face lifelong barriers to employment and economic mobility for themselves as well as for their families. The Price Center conducts a range of research to develop, scale, and diffuse new models to build a more inclusive workforce for justice-involved individuals, which a focus on young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been involved in the justice system and as a result are not in school and not working.

This report presents findings from the Fair Chance Project and highlights opportunities and challenges for expanding employment opportunities for justice-involved individuals.

This report provides the project strategy overview, with key findings from analyses of listening sessions and public safety data.

The Price Center and LeadersUp are partnering to address unemployment among young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.

The term opportunity youth refers to individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in school.

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Project Findings Report: Accelerating Fair Chance Hiring Among Los Angeles Employers

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

With support from the State of California Workforce Accelerator program, the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation partnered with LeadersUp, a national nonprofit focused on ending the youth unemployment crisis, to launch the Accelerating Fair Chance Project during the … Continue reading


Policy Brief: U.S. Fair Chance Legislation

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

“Fair Chance” or “Ban the Box” are policies that prevent employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on job applications or delays when employers can run background checks for job applicants. These policies seek to ensure that justice-involved individuals … Continue reading


Literature Review: Fair Chance Policy Impacts

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

Fair Chance hiring and Ban the Box are policies that prevent employers from inquiring about an applicant’s self-reported criminal history on job applications and delays when employers can run background checks for job applicants. This literature review examines the implementation … Continue reading


NDSC Criminal Justice Data Initiative: Year 1 Wrap Report

Neighborhood Data for Social Change

Year: 2020

The past decade has elevated the urgent need for police reform, brought to the forefront by high-profile police killings and movements like #BlackLivesMatter. To better understand conceptions of public safety and support the growing public interest in criminal justice reform, … Continue reading


New Brief: Employer Hiring Incentives for Justice-Involved Individuals

Year: 2019

This document provides an overview of a selection of resources available to employers when hiring justice-involved individuals. These incentives align with the California Fair Chance Act (Assembly Bill No. 1008) which prohibits most California’s employers from asking about an applicant’s … Continue reading


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