A Civil Rights Task: Removing Barriers to Employment of Ex-Convicts

Leroy D. Clark, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law


This article explores the range and scope of the legal impediments to ex-offenders' employment, but it also has other goals. A question is raised as to what has prompted the imposition of the civil disabilities imposed on ex-offenders regarding employment, and why they are so widespread and unchanging despite a wealth of scholarly objection to their maintenance. A very important question, not raised by other scholars on the topic, will be raised here-namely, should traditional civil rights organizations, concerned with improving the conditions for black Americans, begin to treat this problem as one that is in urgent need of law reform? If so, what resistances will such organizations meet, and what strategies are appropriate responses?