Securing private housing with a criminal record [2019]

The objective of this analysis is to identify factors that Columbus, Ohio private property owners and managers consider when screening potential tenants with criminal records. This objective is achieved by examining qualitative data derived from an earlier experimental study. Findings indicate that private property owners and managers examine several factors regarding a criminal record such as type of offense, age of offense, number of offenses, and additional positive factors such as consistent work history or demonstration of rehabilitation. Differences also depend on whether the property is a single or multiple-family dwelling and whether the property is located in a disadvantaged neighborhood. From these findings, policy recommendations are presented.

Peter Leasure
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 22 Jan 2019