12 Oct 2018

Ex-prisoners resort to lying to get jobs

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 12 October 2018

A former prisoner who lives in Auckland says she had to lie to her boss about her criminal record to finally land a job. The woman who we'll call Mihi served six months in Arohata Prison last year for several convictions including assault and benefit fraud. Nearly a third of people who go to jail end up back there within a year and the Department of Corrections says getting a job can reduce that. But Mihi told an Insight investigation that countless employers and recruitment agencies turned her down when she was honest about her past.