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‘Gizza a Job, I Can Do That’: What the Literature Tells Us About How the Inability to Secure Employment Can Lead to Ex-Offenders Starting a Business

In: The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Entrepreneurship


  • Robert Smith


It is accepted that minorities are disadvantaged and face discrimination and challenges in gaining employment. They are less likely to start their own business although paradoxically entrepreneurship offers an ideal solution. This is exacerbated when they have a criminal record and have served jail time. For many ex-offenders’, unemployment, recidivism and a criminal career path seem inevitable. Yet, there are a growing number of prison-based, entrepreneurship initiatives to combat this, as well as an expanding literature on Prison Entrepreneurship. This chapter reviews the literature and cognate streams such as Prison Privatisation, the Crime–Dyslexia–Entrepreneurship’ Pathway and the Education Pathway. The review concentrates on the US and UK literature and on its religious, faith-based and redemptive elements. It provides a synthesised and up-to-date overview of the topic.

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  • Robert Smith, 2021. "‘Gizza a Job, I Can Do That’: What the Literature Tells Us About How the Inability to Secure Employment Can Lead to Ex-Offenders Starting a Business," Springer Books, in: Thomas M. Cooney (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Entrepreneurship, edition 1, pages 289-317, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-030-66603-3_14
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-66603-3_14

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