Employment consequences of criminal behaviour: Double punishment or just deserts?

  • Pittard, Marilyn (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bagaric, Mirko (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Leader-Elliott, Ian (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Employment deprivations are hardships often consequent upon findings of criminal guilt and additional to criminal sanctions imposed by the courts - a convicted person may be dismissed from employment or ineligible to apply for certain jobs, particularly public sector positions. There are no settled legal principles governing inter-play between criminal behaviour and employment status and opportunities. Unfairness may result, as the offence effectively attracts a 'double' punishment; an offender's rehabilitative prospects are impeded; social and economic burdens ensue. The project aims to develop comprehensive policy guidelines concerning the appropriate connection between criminal behaviour and employment status for courts, governments and employers.
Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/04


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$69,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$59,332.00