September 2020

Brennan Center for Justice: Measuring the Impact of Convictions on Future Earnings

Contributors: Terry-Ann Craigie; Ames Grawert; Cameron Kimble

Issues Areas: Criminal Justice

This Robin Hood-funded report from the Brennan Center examines the long-term economic effects of conviction and imprisonment. It demonstrates that people involved in the criminal justice system tend to earn significantly less over the course of their lives than otherwise would be the case. Among other factors, missed opportunities, inadequate reentry services, and social stigma contribute to this link between imprisonment and poverty. The consequences, at both an individual and a systemic level, are dire.