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Life with a Record

Save the date: April 20, 2023

How do people with a criminal record manage the stigma of their past?

Life with a record is a workshop organized by Comeback Industries and the Department of Management at Aarhus University. We welcome all stakeholders: researchers, lawyers, advocates, and representatives of the police, local governments, and private companies. The goal of the workshop is to publish a joint document so companies and municipalities can check criminal records in a GDPR compliant way.

Participants will hear about people who have been behind bars. But they will also hear about the over 90% of criminal record holders have not served a prison sentence. These people committed misdemeanors, and their sentence comprised a fine or community service. But their criminal records still haunt them in their everyday life. It haunts them when they apply for a job. It haunts them when they enroll in a degree program with a public internship component. And it haunts them when they try visiting someone in prison.

Our special guests from the LA-based social enterprise, Homeboy Industries, will share how they run a business and live up to their social mission of providing jobs and job training for people with a criminal record.

We will release a detailed program in Fall, 2022, but we already secured speakers from Café Exit, High:Five, and Den Sociale Retshjælp.

I hope you will join us in Aarhus C on April 20, 2023. 


Ongoing work

Tunde gave a talk to the general audience at the Festival of Research on April 28, 2022.

Tweetable take-away: Most criminal record holders in Denmark don't go to prison; they get a fine or community service. Yet they serve time in indirect ways. @idnut 's @AUFF2017 founded project shows what is at stake for companies that employ these inglorious workers.


Serving time: Careers with a record

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