1) Debus, Sara, Visher, Christy, and Yahner, Jennifer. "Employment After Prison: A Longitudinal Study of Former Prisoners". Justice Quarterly v. 28 no. 5 (October 2011) p. 698-718. Web. 12 November 2011.

This report contains information from a study of 740 men from 3 states: Illionis, Ohio, and Texas. It is especially helpful in that it notes the percentages and numbers of these men who go to work in some sort of physical labor profession once released from prison, as well as follows up on their statistics both two months and eight months after their release. Then, it goes on to study and report on the numbers of prisoners who returned to prison within the time table and why, and found what were the factors that kept others from returning, especially in employment.

2) Freeman, Richard. 2003. " Can We Close the Revolving Door?: Recidivism vs. Employment of Ex-Offenders in the U.S." Web. 13 November 2011.

This report analyzes the obstacles that released inmates confront whilst back in the civilian workforce. It pays special notice to the common medical and mental problems that causes ex-offenders problems in jobs, especially manual labor ones. Because of these disabilities, Freeman argues, ex-offenders have difficulty holding onto what few jobs they can find, therefore leading to an increase in recidivism.

3) Grogger, Jeffrey. 1995. “The Effect of Arrests on the Employment and Earnings of Young Men,”Quarterly Journal of Economics, 110(1): 51-71.

Grogger's research in this article examines whether or not a criminal record ultimately translates into lower earnings over time. He finds that they do lead to a significant drop in earnings which increases for those with a longer rap sheet. He also examines a major reason that employees with a rap sheet often face difficulty holding onto their jobs and therefore return to crime: spotty work attendance, especially during a period of legal trouble. This is especially helpful because it examines a problem that is also present in non-criminal employees yet is less likely to be punished because the reason for missing work is different.

4) Holzer, H., Raphael, S., Stoll, M. "Employer Demand for Ex-offenders: Recent Evidence from Los Angeles." March 2003. Web. 12 November 2011.

This extensive report analyzes employers in Los Angeles and their hiring practices of ex-offenders versus what they say their practices are. The study finds that overall, many employers do not readily say that they are likely to hire ex-offenders, especially when another worker is available, which correlates to their hiring patterns. It also verifies that the most common businesses to hire ex-convicts are those in manual labor industries, especially for positions that limit customer interaction.

5) Jacobs, Andrew. "Seeking the Key to Employment for Ex-Cons". New York Times. 27 Apr 2008. Web. 28 November 2011.

This brief article studies a few employers who have hired ex-cons in the Newark, NJ area around 2008. In the accounts reported, the difficulty that ex-cons face in their dead-end jobs is uncovered, as well as the additional difficulties that they face because of their ex-offender status, such as lingering drug addictions and difficulties paying their remaining fines or debts once out of jail.

6) Leverentz, Andrea M. People, Places, and Things: The Social Process of Reentry for Female Ex-Offenders. Web. 14 November 2011.

This report, funded by the US Department of Justice, includes survey and examination of about 50 ex-offending women who were involved with halfway houses. Results from surveys and interviews found that these women genuinely wanted change in their lives but the following obstacles were the biggest factors that needed to be straightened out in order to avoid recidivism: family relationships, independent confidence, education and employment, and safe housing and neighborhoods.

7) Mayo, Eric. Help for Ex-offenders and Felons Looking for Jobs. Web. 14 November 2011.

In his blog-style website, Eric Mayo contributes stories and interview of many ex-offenders and their experiences. His website is dedicated to helping these men and women overcome the obstacles they face as a result of their incarceration and providing them with services and connections to help get their lives on track. Many stories give first-person accounts of what it is like to live and work in the low-wage labor lifestyle.

8) McKean, Lise, Ph.D, Ransford, Charles. Current Strategies for Reducing Recidivism. Web. 14 November 2011.

McKean and Ransford's study is about the recidivism rates of ex-cons and what is being done to curb these rates. They point to 3 main components that will keep prisoners from returning to incarceration: Substance abuse treatment, Education, and Employment. With improvement in these three sections, the study contends that ex-convicts will have a much easier time staying on the straight and narrow once back in society.

9) Warehouse Workers for Justice. Bad Jobs in Goods Movement: Warehouse Work in Will County, Il. Web. 28 November 2011.

This report by Warehouse Workers for Justice describes in detail many of the difficulties that warehouse workers face in the Chicago area of Illinois, one of the central hubs for goods distribution in the United States. The study examines many topics of warehouse work including: wages, benefits, injuries, and goes beyond the workplace to see how these aspects of the workers' lives are effected by their warehouse profession. The findings are based on a survey of 392 workers, mostly from Will County in Illinois, and compiles data from workers of over 150 different warehouses.

10) Western, Bruce. “The Impact of Incarceration on Wage Mobility and Inequality.” ASR 2002, vol 67 August 2002.

This report includes substantial analysis of the effects of incarceration on ex-offenders' soft skills, in addition to its affects on long-term earnings. Western goes over the disruption of social development that prison time creates, such as on communication skills, internal motivation, and relationship skills, all of which cause problems in the work place and make holding down a low-wage job even more difficult. This has debilitating effects on the lifestyle these people have.