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New in the Library: Young Women of Color with Criminal Records
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From the Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, Young Women of Color with Criminal Records: A Barrier to Economic Stability for Low-Income Families and Communities, presents data showing the degree to which minority women are impacted by their past criminal records.

Highlighted from the report:Young Women of Color

  • In the past two years (2012 and 2013), CLS has provided legal assistance to 406 young people between the ages of 17 and 30 with criminal records barriers.
    • Of these young people, 63.88% (or 260) are women, while 35.87% (or 146) are men.
    • Of these young women, 87% are black and 6% are Latina.
  • In that same time period, CLS provided legal assistance to 988 clients age 30 and older with criminal records barriers.
    • Of these clients, 47.37% (or 469) are women while 52.42% (or 519) are men. Despite this more even split, women are still overrepresented compared to the population of people with criminal records generally.
    • Of female clients age 30 and over, 89% are black and 4% are Latina.
  • CLS has observed that even though our young female clients tend to have minor criminal records, they struggle more in their search for employment than young men. Our young female clients often look for work in retail and caregiving fields, which are fields that tend to be concerned about criminal records.

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For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Posted Tue, Sep 9 2014 8:01 AM by Susan Powell


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