Fra indsat til ansat - med straffeattest som barriere: From inmate to employee – the criminal record as a barrier

Anna Rosa Haumark Carlsen, Amina Petersen Razavi, Anna Aastrup Paulsen, Sara Romme Rasmussen, Lasse Peter Bruhn & Thomas Palmvang

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


From inmate to employee – the criminal record as a barrier In the recent years employers’ requirement to see a criminal record have been increasing. The increase in the use of criminal records complicates former inmates opportunities to get a job. This is a problem, because research shows that the best way to avoid former inmates getting back to jail is helping them get a job. In continuation hereof this project examines how former inmates experiences the use of criminal records in the private labour market. On the basis of pros and cons of matchingmodellen, this project examines what options that lie to change the way that private employers use the criminal record today. The options are assessed by their ability to improve former inmates chances to get into the job market. The empirical data of this project consists of a series of expert interviews with associate professor from Roskilde University Thomas Søbirk Petersen, Nanna Ravn Brems from High:five, Flemming Dreese from Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening and Hans Andersen from Exit Danmark. The project uses a hermeneutic method and a critical theoretical approach, which sets the frame for the choices that are made in relation to the different stages of the project. The empirical data are analysed on the basis of Axet Honneth’s theory of recognition and Erving Goffman’s theory of stigma. This project concludes, that former inmates expect to be turned down for a job because of their criminal record, which creates a lack of motivation in terms of them searching for at job. The former inmates do not feel they get the same recognition as others, because their criminal record are stigmatizing in meeting with the employer. Overall this means that they just stop searching for a job. The legislation on this area is not clear-cut which give the private companies a certain freedom in how they use criminal records in the work situation. Thereby this project concludes that there is an advantage in changed the way criminal records are being used; this will make it easier for former inmates to obtain a job contemporary with making the employers more qualified in relation to making an overall evaluation of job applicants that carry a criminal record. A new way of using criminal records could be based on the matching model, ny matching or a easier readable criminal record. These are all specific suggestions that could change the way employers use the criminal record today, which would make it easier for former inmates to get into the job market.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2014
VejledereTorben Bech Dyrberg


  • stigma
  • Goffman
  • anerkendelse
  • arbejdsmarkedstilknytning
  • matchingmodellen
  • straffeattest
  • recidiv
  • tidligere indsatte
  • Honneth