Future Interrupted: How Juvenile Records Aggravate Barriers to Employment

Natane Eaddy, MSSW, Esq.,
Photo of two young people working an event with "crew" on the back of their shirts.

Nearly every employer conducts a criminal background check as part of the hiring process. When juvenile records appear on these background checks young people are at risk of losing out on employment opportunities. Work experience is essential to maintaining one’s health, housing, and other factors necessary for one’s livelihood, but too often juvenile records create barriers to securing employment.


This infographic illustrates how a juvenile record can hinder a young person’s ability to obtain and maintain employment. Youth who are re-entering their communities should have the opportunity to become productive citizens. When barriers to education and employment are imposed as a result of juvenile justice system involvement, young people are less likely to achieve future success and are at greater risk of recidivism.   

Join Juvenile Law Center this Second Chance Month by sharing this infographic showing how juvenile records can impact youth employment.