While every state in the country restricts employment in some way for those with felony convictions, specific restrictions vary by state. Additionally, nonfelony convictions including those for controlled substances can also be cause for restriction from employment.

The following provides a more detailed look at the restrictions faced by those with felony convictions and controlled substance convictions in 16 states and in Washington, D.C. Additionally, stories from individuals with conviction records illustrate the difficulties faced when a conviction record stands in the way of making ends meet.

Find the individual state reports below:

National Findings

Download the full report (PDF)


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